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Scientists Just Discovered An Extinct Pygmy Woolly Mammoth On An Siberian Island

Scientists believe this is an entirely new species of mammoth that until now hasn't been proven to exist.

Scientists have discovered relics of Mammuthus exilis, or what they’re calling a “Golden mammoth”, named after the color of its seemingly strawberry blonde colored hair. The discovery of the carcass proves the existence of a miniature or “dwarf” species of woolly mammoth — something that’s never been seen by scientists before.

The remains of this “Golden mammoth” was about two meters (or about six and a half feet) in height, which is extremely small when compared to a typical woolly mammoth that were on average three meters (or around ten feet) tall.

The mammoth was found on Kotelny island in the Siberian region of Russia. Scientists have heard reports of smaller mammoths being found in this particular area before, but the discovery of this carcass solidified their existence.

Dr. Albert Protopopov of the Yakutin Academy of Sciences said that scientists “have had reports about small mammoths found in that particular area, both grown ups and babies. But we had never come across a carcass. This is our first chance to study it.”

Kotelny Island
Dr. Protopopov working on Kotelny Island.

Scientists have more to figure out, namely whether the discovery of the animal is a one-off or if mini woolly mammoths were specific to the region where the carcass was found.

The bones of what scientists believe were pygmy-sized woolly mammoths have been discovered in the Arctic region of Russia, but Dr. Protopopov believes that this “Golden mammoth” is a entirely new species of pygmy mammoth. He believes that this species roamed the earth earlier and was not an rare breed, but an evolutionary adaptation specific to the location where it was found.

> http://www.webnewsys.com/2018/08/scientists-just-discovered-extinct.html

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Giant Squid?  New Zealand?  What an appropriate place

Careful. Or it might be elected Prime Minister

A MONSTER 4.2 metre-long squid has washed up on the shores of New Zealand’s capital.

Three brothers were out for a morning dive in Wellington when they came across the impressive creature.

The Aplin brothers came across the giant squid on a morning dive near Wellington. Picture: Facebook.

The Aplin brothers came across the giant squid on a morning dive near Wellington. Picture: Facebook.Source:The Sun

Daniel, Jack and Matthew Aplin were driving along on a track near Red Rocks on the city’s South Coast when they came across the beached cephalopods.

The brothers said they had come across sharks while on their diving trips but had never seen a squid of that size.

The trio contacted the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, who arranged to have the squid collected.

A Department of Conservation spokesman said it was almost certainly a giant squid, the bodies of which washed up relatively regularly

> more: https://www.news.com.au/technology/environment/natural-wonders/divers-stumble-upon-42-metre-long-squid-carcass/news-story/6309245ff3542ec6b8ae2ee00f34379e

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If she was human, she could run as a Dem Presidential candidate in 2020



Meantime, the Dems seem to be looking for something like THIS:


'Siberian unicorn' walked Earth with humans...

A giant rhino that may have been the origin of the unicorn myth survived until at least 39,000 years ago - much longer than previously thought.

Known as the Siberian unicorn, the animal had a long horn on its nose, and roamed the grasslands of Eurasia.

New evidence shows the hefty beast may have eventually died out because it was such a picky eater.

Scientists say knowing more about the animal's extinction could help save the remaining rhinos on the planet.

Rhinos are in particular danger of extinction because they are very picky about their habitat, said Prof Adrian Lister of the Natural History Museum, London, who led the study.

"Any change in their environment is a danger for them," he told BBC News. "And, of course, what we've also learned from the fossil record is that once a species is gone, that's it, it's gone for good."

Weighing in at a mighty four tonnes, with an extraordinary single horn on its head, the "Siberian unicorn", shared the earth with early modern humans up until at least 39,000 years ago

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Do Fat sharks Eat Fat Cats ?


Great danger: Divers spot the world's largest ever recorded great white shark - 2.5 ton 'Deep Blue' - feasting on a dead whale in Hawaii and JUMP IN to take photos

  • 'Deep Blue' was last spotted two decades ago in Mexico and is reportedly the largest great white in existence 
  • It weighs an enormous 2.5 tons, measures around 20 feet long and is 50 years old according to scientists
  • Conservation photographer Juan Oliphant was one of the divers who took daring photos near the predator 


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Fertility scientists launch last-ditch bid to save 'extinct' rhinoceros...

Oxford University scientists have launched a last-ditch attempt to bring the Northern White Rhinoceros back from beyond the “point of no return” using IVF.

The team believes a pioneering treatment can prompt a revival of the persecuted species, despite the death last year of the last known male and the fact that the two remaining females, Najin and Fatu, cannot have calfs.

One of two subspecies of White Rhinoceros, the Northern Rhinoceros once ranged over tracts of Uganda, Sudan, Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

However, the value of its horns saw it poached from a population of approximately 500 to 15 in the 1970s and 1980s.

A small recovery - numbers reached 32 - from the early 1990s was then reversed from 2003 when illegal hunting intensified again.


Mother and daughter, Nagin and Fatu now live in a heavily guarded semi-wild enclosure in Kenya, with their horns sawed off to deter poachers.

The Oxford researchers believe that it will be possible to remove ovarian tissue from the animals and stimulate it to produce eggs, which would then be fertilised from sperm preserved from male Northern White Rhinoceros.

The embryos would then be implanted into a surrogate mother of a similar species, probably a Southern White Rhinoceros.

The technique has been used successfully in mice for nearly two decades; it has also been accomplished for some species of dog, horse and cat.

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Scientists attempt cloning extinct horse after LIQUID BLOOD found in 42,000-year-old remains

 A team of scientists in Russia has blood on its hands: namely, the vital fluid preserved inside the remains of of an ancient horse that died 42,000 years ago, which could provide the key needed to clone the species back to life.

“Samples of liquid blood were taken from heart vessels – it was preserved in the liquid state for 42,000 years thanks to favorable burial conditions and permafrost,” said Dr. Semyon Grigoryev, head of the Mammoth Museum in Yakutsk.

“We can now claim that this is the best preserved Ice Age animal ever found in the world,” he added.


the foal’s remains were unearthed last year, the discovery of liquid blood is a new find.

    “Blood” sample taken from 42,000-year-old #IceAge foal. What happens next? https://t.co/TmgQWrTYwY Photos: North-Eastern Federal University pic.twitter.com/YLBrL66XaI— The Ice Age (@Jamie_Woodward_) April 16, 2019

In addition to the blood, the remains contained “beautifully preserved internal organs,” Grigoryev said, adding that the autopsy of the remains reveal that the Ice Age horse, belonging to the “Lenskaya” species, died of drowning at just two weeks old.

“A lot of mud and silt which the foal gulped during the last seconds of its life were found inside its gastrointestinal tract,” Grigoryev said.

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Super Swimmer

Thai oil rig workers rescue dog swimming 135 miles offshore

10 minutes ago

BANGKOK (AP) — A dog found swimming more than 220 kilometers (135 miles) from shore by workers on an oil rig crew in the Gulf of Thailand has been returned safely to land.

A worker on the rig belonging to Chevron Thailand Exploration and Production, Vitisak Payalaw, said on his Facebook page that they saw the dog swimming toward the platform last Friday. He said they were lucky to spot it because if there had been waves it probably would not have been visible.

The dog made it to the platform, clinging to the support structure below deck without barking or whimpering, Vitisak wrote.


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Maybe he has a big dog at Home to feed

Hamburglar Strikes Again, Feasts On $2,000 In Meals Using Customer's McDonald's App

The mysterious Quebec hamburglar has struck again, racking up more than $2,000 worth of meals at different McDonald's in Montreal. This time, an unsuspecting Toronto tech writer got stuck with the bill.

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The more obese people are, the higher their risk of serious disease, research finds.

The more obese people are, the higher their risk of serious disease, research finds. Credit: PA

Being obese is linked to a significantly higher chance of serious disease and early death than being a healthy weight, research on more than 2.8 million adults suggests.

The chance of suffering serious illness goes up with increasing weight gain, experts analysing health, death and sickness data from UK adults found.

How much does the risk increase as your BMI rises?

Presented at the European Congress on Obesity (ECO) in Glasgow, the study found that people with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 to 35 were at 70% higher risk of developing heart failure than their healthy weight peers.

Even a BMI of 25 to 30 increased the risk by 20%, while a BMI of 35 to 40 more than doubled the risk and a BMI of 40 to 45 almost quadrupled the risk compared to people of a normal weight.

The study also found that compared with normal weight individuals, a BMI of 25 to 30 increased the risk of Type 2 diabetes and sleep apnoea by more than double, while a person with a BMI of 30 to 35 was more than five times as likely to develop Type 2 diabetes and almost six times as likely to develop sleep apnoea.

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Snowball (TM) - Another One Bites The Dust

Humans may have more in common with parrots than chimpanzees due to a shared natural ability to dance, a new study suggests.

A groundbreaking set of observations has shown a pet cockatoo showing off a diverse array of moves while listening to two well-known hits from the 1980s.

Named Snowball, the 12-year-old sulphur-crested bird is shown spontaneously performing a repertoire of 14 moves including the “down-shake”, “body roll” and “downward/head-foot sync”, in time to Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.

The parrot, who had not been trained or encouraged to dance, also managed 10 separate moves - including “Vogue”, a side-to-side heat tilt synchronised with a foot-lift - while accompanying Another One Bites the Dust.

The footage is fascinating the scientific community because the ability to dance with that degree of flexibility has not previously been recorded elsewhere in the animal kingdom.

> https://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2019/07/08/snowball-dancing-parrot-stuns-scientists-14-separate-moves-eighties/

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Deputies: 57-Year-Old Texas Man Was ‘Entirely Consumed By His Own Dogs’

JOHNSON COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – A missing person investigation in Johnson County has ended with the revelation that a 57-year-old man was completely eaten by his dogs.

Sheriff’s deputies were called to a trailer-home near Venus, Texas on May 6 to perform a welfare check. Once there relatives told officials a reclusive family member, Freddie Mack, hadn’t been seen or heard from since April 19.


(credit: Johnson County Sheriff’s Office)

When the family went to check on the man they couldn’t get close because of 18 aggressive dogs on the property. Deputies were able to distract the animals and search a small section of the property, but didn’t find Mack.

A report was filed and in an attempt to again make contact with Mack detectives returned to the property on May 9. The aggressiveness of the dogs on the property again prevented officials from getting inside the home, so they flew a drone over to try and find any signs of Mack — to no avail. One day later sheriff’s officially listed Freddie Mack as a missing person.

As the search for Mack continued family and neighbor Michael Sergeant said spoke about how unusual it was for Mack to leave his dogs unattended.

“His dogs were always by his side,” said Sergeant.

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Fat Cat Study: Domestic Cats Are Heavier Than They Used To Be

Weight creeps up on cats as they age, and the average domestic cat is fatter than they used to be, a Canadian study shows.

The research, conducted by the University of Guelph in Ontario studying 19 million cats over their lifetimes, concluded that domestic breed cats have gained half a pound since 1995, according to its July findings.

The study shows that domestic breed cats reach their peak weight at about eight years old. The four more common purebreeds (Siamese, Persian, Himalayan and Maine Coon) showed a spread of six to 10 years to reach their peak weight.

Research also revealed that male cats reached higher weight peaks than females, and neutered or spayed cats averaged heavier weights than non-altered cats.

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