Scientists around the world are celebrating the 200th birthday of British naturalist Charles Darwin, who was born on Feb. 12, 1809. Darwin’s groundbreaking 1859 book, “The Origin of Species,” proposed the theory that species evolve over time through the process of natural selection. Check out seven signs of evolution in action.
The animal confirmed last week to be half polar bear, half grizzly bear is certainly weird, scientists say, but he’s not necessarily a symbol of global warming or anything else.
Last week, DNA analysis confirmed that the bear’s father was a grizzly and his mother was a polar bear.
Rampant logging and the illegal trade in forest animals is slowly eroding the traditional lifestyle of the Bayaka Pygmies in the Central African Republic, according to researchers.
The Bayaka are a seminomadic people who traditionally survive by hunting and gathering the animals and plants of the rain forest. Among their more revered traditions are the net hunt and its associated musical ceremony.
Male saiga antelopes face a serious problem that threatens to push them over the brink of extinction: so many females, so little time.
The global population of this antelope, native to the steppes and deserts of Central Asia and the Pre-Caspian region of Europe, has fallen by 80 percent to approximately 50,000. In the mid-1970s, the peak population was more than 1,250,000. Of the saiga antelopes that remain, most are female.
As millions of Americans gather around the table with family and friends on Thursday, wild turkeys may be the ones with the most thanks to give. A century ago, with a population of only 30,000, the large birds were on the road to extinction. Today, they number 5.4 million.
“The recovery of the wild turkey is definitely a success story,” said Bart Semcer, chair of the Sierra Club’s National Wildlife and Endangered Species Committee in Washington, D.C. “They are part of America’s heritage, and the American people came together to recover the species.”