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Group Hoping To Get Wolf Reintroduction Measure On 2020 Ballot

Originally posted on Exposing the Big Game:
By Dominic GarciaJuly 9, 2019 at 10:04 pm Filed Under:Colorado News, Wolves JACKSON COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) — A recent sighting of a possibly Gray Wolf in Jackson County has stirred up an old debate about reintroducing wolves to Colorado. Members of The Rocky Mountain Wolf Action Fund are currently gathering signatures to get a measure on the 2020 ballot to do that. (credit: Colorado Parks and Wildlife) “We believe that the right thing to do is give the people of Colorado a voice in restoring the balance,” said Rob Edward, President of the Rocky Mountain Wolf Action Fund. Rob Edward (credit: CBS) Edward says Colorado has the largest elk population in North America and one of the largest deer populations. He adds that without wolves, the two go unchecked and can cause destruction in places like Rocky Mountain National Park. “The elk have stripped the river corridors bare. They’re putting fences around large swaths of the park in order to help the Aspen and willow regenerate. Wolves would change that dynamic over the course of a decade,” Edward told CBS4’s Dominic Garcia. (credit: CBS) But not everyone is excited about the recent wolf sighting. Phillip Anderson is a rancher in Jackson County, where the possible wolf was spotted. He worries about his livestock. “We’re small ranchers and our livelihood depends on keeping the calf and lamb from the point in time it’s born to the time we…

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Dinosaur age bird discovered in amber

Originally posted on Dear Kitty. Some blog: This 11 July 2019 video says about itself: The fossilised remains of a bizarre ancient bird that had middle toes longer than its lower legs have been found in a lump of amber from Myanmar. The elongated toe resembles those seen on lemurs and tree-climbing lizards, and illustrates the unusual lifestyle of some of the earliest birds that lived alongside the dinosaurs, researchers said. From ScienceDaily: Bird with unusually long toes found fossilized in amber July 11, 2019 Meet the ancient bird that had toes longer than its lower legs. Researchers have discovered a bird foot from 99 million years ago preserved in amber that had a hyper-elongated third toe. The study, published in the journal Current Biology on July 11, suggests that this bird might have used its toes to hook food out of tree trunks. This is the first time such a foot structure has been observed in birds, either extinct or living. “I was very surprised when I saw the amber”, says first author Lida Xing at China University of Geosciences (Beijing). “It shows that ancient birds were way more diverse than we thought. They had evolved many different features to adapt to their environments.” To study the Cretaceous period fossil, Xing and his colleagues scanned the amber with micro-CT and created a 3D reconstruction of the foot. They found that the bird’s third toe, measuring 9.8 millimeters, is…

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Supervolcano fears: ‘Big One’ is coming

Originally posted on The Extinction Chronicles:
By Jamie Seidel | Video Supervolcano fears: ‘Big One’ is coming Supervolcano fears: ‘Big One’ is coming California’s uncanny “earthquake pause” is over. It should have already had several “big ones” by now. All that pressure has to go somewhere. Now geologists are nervously eyeing eight nearby volcanoes. And why has Yellowstone supervolcano been acting so weird? The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has warned Southern California to expect more big earthquakes to come. Some, they say, may even be more powerful than those experienced in the past few days. “(These quakes do) not make (the Big One) less likely,” local seismologist Lucy Jones told The Los Angeles Times. “There is about a one in 20 chance that this location will be having an even bigger earthquake in the next few days, that we have not yet seen the biggest earthquake of the sequence.” In part, that’s because California is way overdue for “the Big One.” The past century has been abnormally quiet in terms of large, ground-rupturing earthquakes. The last “Big One” was in 1906 when a force 7.9 earthquake realigned the real estate of San Francisco. And U.S. geologists are beginning to suspect this is not just a lucky roll of the dice. Something deep under California appears to be changing. And its implications are yet to be understood. OMINOUS SILENCE The past week’s earthquakes are the most significant experienced by Southern California since 1999. Then,…

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