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FIRST PRIMATE HIBERNATOR FOUND
FIRST PRIMATE HIBERNATOR FOUND, as reported in Nature, vol. 429, p825 and New Scientist, 26 June 2004, p16. A group of scientists from three German Universities have studied the sleeping habits of the Madagascan fat tailed lemur and found that it hibernates for up to seven months of the year. This makes it the first tropical animal known to undergo prolonged hibernation. Because the temperatures remain warm in Madagascar all year round the lemurs can hibernate in tree hollows, whic...   Click here for more...

FLIGHTLESS BIRDS

Live Science writes: “Ostriches and cassowaries are among several birds that have wings that are vestigial. Besides the cassowary, other flightless birds with vestigial wings are the kiwi, and the kakapo (the only known flightless and nocturnal parrot), among others. In general, wings of a bird are considered complex structures that are specifically adapted for flight and those belonging to these flightless birds are no different. They are, anatomically, rudimentary wings, but they co...   Click here for more...

FLORESIENSIS FIGHT COMES TO A HEAD
FLORESIENSIS FIGHT COMES TO A HEAD, according to reports in news@nature, BBC Online News and ScienceNOW, 3 Mar 2005. In October 2004 a skull and some bones found on the Indonesian island of Flores were presented to the world as a new species of human beings, scientifically named Homo floresiensis and popularly referred to as “the fossil Hobbit”. However, some scientists were not convinced it was a new species and suggested that the bones were from a pygmy human or a human with a deformity...   Click here for more...

FOSSIL REEF ADDS 80 MILLION YEARS TO ANIMAL LIFE

FOSSIL REEF ADDS 80 MILLION YEARS TO ANIMAL LIFE, according to a report in ABC news in Science, 22 Sep 2008. University of Melbourne geologists have found an enormous fossil reef in the Northern Flinders Ranges in South Australia. The reef appears to consist partly of stromatolites, layered structures made by microbes, and cauliflower shaped structures that were probably ancient sponges. The reef is estimated to be 650 million years old, making the fossils 80 million years older that the olde...   Click here for more...

GRANTS EVOLVE
GRANTS EVOLVE as NZ Government allocates $475 000 over three years to Dr David Saul of Auckland University's school of Biological Sciences to "find out how hot it was in the primordial soup from which living things evolved". The NZ press reports that recent discoveries "have left the scientific community split between people that support hot start and cold start theories". (NZ Herald, September 8-9, 2001, pA19)

ED.COM. We predict that in 3 years, Dr David Saul ...   Click here for more...

GRASS EATING DINOSAUR CHALLENGES PLANT EVOLUTION
GRASS EATING DINOSAUR CHALLENGES PLANT EVOLUTION, according to reports in, BBC Online News, New Scientist News, 17 Nov 2005 and Science vol. 310, p1177, 18 Nov 2005. Grasses are considered to be advanced forms of plant life that did not evolve until after dinosaurs died out, but palaeobotanist Caroline Stromberg and colleagues have analysed the plant remains in dinosaur dung found in India and found phytoliths – microscopic pieces of silica that are made by cells in grasses. Each t...   Click here for more...

HOBBIT WRIST BONES CONFIRM CREATION RESEARCH PREDICTION.
HOBBIT WRIST BONES CONFIRM CREATION RESEARCH PREDICTION. A study of the wrist bones of Homo floresiensis, otherwise known as “the Hobbit” was reported in BBC News Online 20 Sep 2007, ABC News in Science and Science vol 317, p1743, 21 Sep 2007. Since the bones of this creature were found on the Indonesian island of Flores there has been a fierce debate about whether it was a new species of human being or a diseased modern human. Some creationists have joined the side of “diseased human” p...   Click here for more...

HOBBITS NOT HUMAN
HOBBITS NOT HUMAN, according ANU Press Release 31 July 2009 and ABC (Australia) News, 2 Aug 2009. Ever since the bones nicknamed the Hobbits and scientifically named Homo floresiensis were found in a cave on the Indonesian island of Flores anthropologists have argued about whether they were diseased dwarf humans or some kind of primitive human ancestor. Debbie Argue, an Anthropologist at Australian National University, and colleagues have carried out a study of the hobbit bones, comparing...   Click here for more...

HOW BUTTERFLIES HEAR

HOW BUTTERFLIES HEAR according to articles in Journal of Experimental Biology , vol. 212, p3533, and ScienceDaily 22 Oct 2009. Insects have been found to have ears on just about any part of their body. These usually consist of a taut membrane that vibrates when exposed to sound and is connected to nerve cells. Scientists at Bristol University have studied the ears of a tropical butterfly named Morpho peleide that has ears located at the base of the forewings. The membrane of th...   Click here for more...

HUMAN CHIMP GENOME DIFFERENCE INCREASES TO 5.5%
HUMAN CHIMP GENOME DIFFERENCE INCREASES TO 5.5% according to a report in New Scientist news 25 Sep 2002. Roy Britten of the California Institute of Technology compared human and Chimp DNA sequences and estimated the number of differences resulting from long sequences of DNA that only occur in one or the other species. Previous estimates of human chimp differences relied on a method that works on single letter differences. Brittens study adds another 4% difference to the previous estimate ...   Click here for more...

JUMPING GENES MAKE BRAINS UNIQUE
JUMPING GENES MAKE BRAINS UNIQUE according to reports in ScienceNOW 15 June 2005, Nature Vol 435, p903 and New Scientist 18 June 2005, p21. Jumping genes are pieces of DNA that can spontaneously move from one place in the genome to another. When they insert themselves into a new part of the genome they can change the activity of the genes in that place. Ever since they were first discovered they were considered to be useless parasites or remnants from ancient viruses that have been...   Click here for more...

JUST WHAT CREATION RESEARCH PREDICTED
JUNK GENERATED RNA "ASTONISHES" SCIENTISTS, according to a report in New Scientist, 21 Feb 2004, p.10. When the information encoded on DNA needs to be used to make proteins, the information is copied onto a similar molecule called RNA. However, not all DNA codes for proteins and it has been assumed that the non-coding DNA, often called "junk DNA" is not transcribed onto RNA because it has no function. A team of scientists who have been studying the fine detail of human chromosomes numbers...   Click here for more...

KILLER LADYBIRD ARRIVES IN UK
KILLER LADYBIRD ARRIVES IN UK and after only six months has become a threat to Britain's 46 milder mannered native ladybirds. The Asian Harlequin ladybird was first spotted in Britain in September 04 and since then there have been some 200 sightings. Dr Michael Majerus (Cambridge University) has stated, "The harlequin is a deadly threat to British Ladybirds" and, "over half of British Ladybirds are going to be in direct competition with it." It is currently eating its way aggressively through th...   Click here for more...

LACTOSE INTOLERANCE IS NORMAL
LACTOSE INTOLERANCE IS NORMAL, not a disease, according to a report in New Scientist, 19 Jan 2002. Lactose intolerance is not an allergy. It is the lack of lactase, an enzyme that digests the sugar lactose contained in milk. Bacteria in the intestines then eat undigested lactose and produce gas and other substances that upset the digestive system. Lactose intolerant people have the gene for lactase but it is turned off early in life. After this they can eat processed dairy products such a...   Click here for more...

LACTOSE TOLERANCE EVOLVED THREE TIMES
LACTOSE TOLERANCE EVOLVED THREE TIMES, according to articles in ScienceNOW 11 Dec 2006 and Science, vol. 314, p1672, 15 Dec 2006. Lactose tolerance is the ability to digest milk in adult life, and depends on the activity of an enzyme named lactase that breaks down lactose, the sugar in milk. In most of the world's population the enzyme is turned off in adult life, and drinking fresh milk causes digestive upsets. However, some people groups in Europe, the Middle East and Africa can digest ...   Click here for more...

LONGEST LIVED ANIMAL FOUND
LONGEST LIVED ANIMAL FOUND, according to reports in BBC News Online and Bangor University News, 28 Oct 2007. Scientists from the School of Ocean Sciences at Bangor University have dredged up a clam named Arctica islandica from the ocean floor near Iceland. They estimate that it had lived between 405 and 410 years, making it the oldest known living animal (although it is now dead). The previous record was around 374 years, and clams with lifespans of over 200 years have also been found in ...   Click here for more...

MALARIA FREE MOSQUITOES ARE THE NORM
MALARIA FREE MOSQUITOES ARE THE NORM, according to an article in Science, vol. 312, p514, 28 April 2006. In order for mosquitoes to spread malaria, the disease causing micro-organisms have to infect the mosquito first. A few years ago some mosquitoes were found which could prevent the malaria causing cells from doing this, and some scientists suggested that genetic engineering techniques should be used to spread the resistance genes among the mosquito population. In order to find out whic...   Click here for more...

MICRO-RNA MAKES HUMANS
MICRO-RNA MAKES HUMANS, according to an article in New Scientist, 6 Nov 2006, p17. Micro-RNAs are short sequences of a code-carrying molecule named RNA, and they can turn genes off. This is important because living creatures that have the identical genes can be very different in body structure and function because of differences in when and where such genes are turned on and off. Researchers at Hubrecht Laboratory in Utrecht (Netherlands), have searched through RNA in human and chimp brai...   Click here for more...

MICROBE WON’T FIT ON TREE OF LIFE

MICROBE WON’T FIT ON TREE OF LIFE, according to an article in ScienceDaily 26 April 2012. Biologists are studying the genetics of protozoan, a single celled organism, considered to be mankind’s remotest ancestor in a lake near Oslo, Norway. It is considered to be near the root of the tree of life for eukaryotic organisms, i.e. organisms which have structures contained in membranes within their cells. These include animals, plants, fungi and single celled organisms such as amoebae and algae. A...   Click here for more...

MORE TO MALE CHROMOSOME
MORE TO MALE CHROMOSOME than previously thought, according to report in news@nature 19 Jan 2005. In June 2003 scientists in the USA announced they had fully sequenced the human male Y chromosome and found 78 genes. This is a small number of genes, but the Y chromosome is very small and has generally been considered to be genetic wasteland. However, scientists in Germany have now found a previously undiscovered sequence of over half a million DNA letters that may contain genes involved in determi...   Click here for more...

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