A new naming structure proposed by an American researcher moves beyond the Linnaeus system to one based on the genetic sequence of each individual organism. This creates a more robust, precise, and informative name for any organism, be it a bacterium, fungus, plant, or animal. Coded names could be permanent, as opposed to the shifting of names typical in the current biological classification system. Codes could also be assigned without the current lengthy process that is required by analyzing one organism's physical traits compared to another's. Lastly, the sequence could be assigned to viruses, bacteria, fungi, plants, and animals and would provide a standardized naming system for all life on Earth.
Rhinos in the Mara region of Kenya are tranquilised by rangers before a microchip is inserted into their horns to identify and trace individual animals (VIDEO: Rhino microchipping in Kenya ~ http://t.co/JOVuC1Cu3A...
Jellyfish that inhabit tropical waters, like those surrounding Tasmania, are typically on the smaller end of the spectrum. So the size of this giant jellyfish that washed up on the southern shore in Howden where it was discovered by a family enjoying a day at the beach was quite a surprise. While this type of jelly has been seen before, they have not been documented in scientific literature and so technically they are new to science.
New York-based Artist Asher Jay is prolific when it comes to creating art that aims to highlight ecological crisis and the need for conservation. Her latest work focus on ocean life and will be on display at the American Museum of Natural History.
A highly sexed mouse-like marsupial in Queensland's Springbrook National Park, Australia, has been discovered by a mammalogist. The rare, Black-tailed Antechinus is a rare, mouse-like marsupial with a deadly mating habit. "A single female's brood of young will typically be sired by several fathers. But during mating, stress hormone levels rise dramatically, eventually causing the males' bodies to shut down. The males all die before their young are born," found the researchers.
Endangered Species Plans By Ottawa Unlawful, Rules Judge Huffington Post Canada VANCOUVER - A Federal Court judge says Ottawa violated the federal species-at-risk law by failing to take action to protect four endangered species.
La France va détruire jeudi trois tonnes d'ivoire issues de saisies pour sensibiliser l'opinion et afficher sa détermination à lutter contre ce type de trafic, après l'annonce en décembre d'un renforcement des sanctions et des moyens d'enquête.
On the west coast of North America ranging from Alaska down to California, starfish are dying at an alarming rate. Beginning in June of 2013, millions of these echinoderms have died due to a disease that causes their legs to fall off and their internal organs to fall into the water. This disease is affecting wild starfish as well as those kept in captivity, and the worst part is that nobody knows what it causing it. The disease is tentatively called “Starfish Wasting Syndrome.”