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Ice Age American elephants

Originally posted on Dear Kitty. Some blog:
https://youtu.be/ZM6VZ-j9vDE This video says about itself: 15 June 2017 The proboscideans are a group of animals that contains the elephant and mastodont families. Many of us will be well-aware of these groups, but what of some of the lesser-known proboscideans? One such family are the gomphotheres and in this episode we’re introduced to them by Dr Dimila Mothé, of the Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. By Alexandra Witze in the USA, 12:30pm, November 13, 2018: How mammoths competed with other animals and lost Human hunters helped wipe out mammoths, mastodons and gomphotheres The Gray Fossil Site, a sinkhole in northeastern Tennessee, is full of prehistoric treasures. Between 7 million and 4.5 million years ago, rhinoceroses, saber-toothed cats and other creatures, even red pandas, perished here by the edge of a pond. But that bounty of fossils pales next to the site’s biggest find: a mastodon’s skeleton, nearly 5 million years old, preserved in exquisite detail all the way down to its ankle bones. “It is just fantastic”, says Chris Widga, a paleontologist at East Tennessee State University in nearby Johnson City. The ancient elephant relative became known as Ernie because it was enormous, calculated soon after its 2015 discovery to have weighed 16 tons in life. The name came from musician Tennessee Ernie Ford, known for the coal-mining song “Sixteen Tons”. Since then the researchers have revised the…

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American Bison

Originally posted on Jet Eliot:
Bison Bull, Yellowstone NP, WY, USA The largest surviving terrestrial animal in North America, American bison still roam the prairies of this continent. ? It is estimated there were once 20-30 million wild bison in North America. Habitat loss and unregulated hunting brought the numbers down to 1,091 individuals by 1889. Today in North America,…

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Historic Firsts: Deb Haaland & Sharice Davids Will Be First Native American Women To Serve In the US Congress

Originally posted on Mining Awareness + :
Finally two historic firsts: Deb Haaland and Sharice Davids will be the first Native American/American Indian women to serve in the US Congress: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Native_Americans_in_the_United_States_Congress Asian Americans, including Asian-Indian women, reached the US Congress before Native American Indian women: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Asian_Americans_and_Pacific_Islands_Americans_in_the_United_States_Congress From VOA News: “Record Number of Native American Women to Run in 2018 Midterm Polls February…

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Oil and gas leasing delayed in sage grouse habitat

Originally posted on The Extinction Chronicles:
Federal court rejects Interior’s ‘intentional decision’ to limit public comment. Carl Segerstrom NEWSOct. 31, 2018 https://www.hcn.org/articles/bureau-of-land-management-oil-and-gas-leasing-delayed-in-sage-grouse-habitat?utm_source=wcn1&utm_medium=email Throughout his tenure as Interior Department secretary, Ryan Zinke has tried to prime the pump for oil and gas leasing on public lands. Under his leadership, and in pursuit of the Trump administration’s “American Energy Dominance” directive, the Bureau of Land Management has increased the area offered for oil and gas leases and relaxed regulations for natural gas producers on public lands. But the BLM recently hit a snag in its push to lease more land for oil and gas production. In late September, a federal district court in Idaho issued a preliminary injunction stating that the Interior Department must hold off on energy leasing in sage grouse habitat to allow for more public participation. Because of the decision, oil and gas lease sales totaling more than 1 million acres and spanning six states have been delayed. A wild horse drinks from a puddle near a pumpjack on BLM land in Wyoming. Debra Schultz/BLM Wyoming The decision stems from a lawsuit brought by two conservation groups, the Center for Biological Diversity and Western Watersheds Project, arguing that policies the BLM put in place in January unlawfully restrict public comment on oil and gas leases. The old guidelines called for 30-day comment and protest periods; under the new rules, individual BLM offices could do away with the initial public comment period entirely and limit the protest…

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