Singing humpback whales, new research

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https://youtu.be/FdZQAkC-tjQ This video from australia says about itself: Humpback Whale Singing Hervey Bay 2014 Be sure to have your volume up for this clip. The audio and video were filmed using a GoPro on separate days with the audio being some of the most stunning whale singing that we have heard in many years. The video is yet more footage of our curious friend ‘scratchy’. From the Wildlife Conservation Society: Giant singers from neighboring oceans share song parts over time January 8, 2019 Singing humpback whales from different ocean basins seem to be picking up musical ideas from afar, and incorporating these new phrases and themes into the latest song, according to a newly published study in Royal Society Open Science that’s helping scientists better understand how whales learn and change their musical compositions. The new research shows that two humpback whale populations in different ocean basins (the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans) in the Southern Hemisphere sing similar song types, but the amount of similarity differs across years. This suggests that males from these two populations come into contact at some point in the year to hear and learn songs from each other. The study titled “Culturally transmitted song exchange between humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) in the southeast Atlantic and southwest Indian Ocean basins” appears in the latest edition of the Royal Society Open Science journal. The authors are: Melinda L. Rekdahl,…

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Plant survivors of Permian-Triassic mass extinction

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https://youtu.be/uDH05Pgpel4 This 26 February 2018 video from the USA says about itself: The Permian-Triassic Boundary – The Rocks of Utah The Great Dying! In this episode we head out to the Permian-Triassic boundary and try to discover what caused Earth’s Largest mass extinction event, 252 million years ago. After 4-months of research, I’m excited to finally release this exciting video! A pre-print of the scientific paper is available here. I’ve submitted this research to the journal “Global and Planetary Change” for peer review. By Laurel Hamers, 2:12pm, December 20, 2018: More plants survived the world’s greatest mass extinction than thought Fossils in a Jordanian desert reveal plant lineages that didn’t perish in the Great Dying Some ancient plants were survivors. A collection of roughly 255-million-year-old fossils suggests that three major plant groups existed earlier than previously thought, and made it through a mass extinction that wiped out more than 90 percent of Earth’s marine species and roughly 70 percent of land vertebrates. The fossils, described in the Dec. 21 Science, push back the earliest records of these plant groups by about 5 million years. “But it’s not just any 5 million years — it’s those 5 million years that span the Permian-Triassic boundary”, says study coauthor Benjamin Bomfleur, a paleobotanist at the University of Münster in Germany. The find adds to the growing list of land plants that survived the catastrophe known as…

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Freed blonde orangutan girl Alba doing well

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https://youtu.be/gWzWCn1QC48 This 21 December 2018 video from Borneo in Indonesia says about itself: Update on Alba’s Reintroduction [Albino blonde orangutan girl] Alba [freed recently after reconvalescence] is doing very well, and has adapted quickly to her new home with friend Kika! Our PRM team has followed Alba since her return, waking at 3 a.m. before she rises to track her progress. Don’t worry, we will keep an eye on Alba and her pal. Read more here.

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