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[31.01.2017] Natural indigenous forests are rarely found in South Africa. They only cover 0.6% of the countries area and only survived in protected gorges and on mountain slopes. Among others, this is due to fires which are utilized to retain farmland but also to preserve the likewise ecologically valuable grassland and the typical South African fynbos (“fine bush”) vegetation. Despite their small extent these forests hold a rich flora and fauna, constituted of species that only occur there.
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[18.01.2017] From time to time one has notice from a single newly discovered species from the remote depth of oceans or of rain forests. However, how badly we know the life on Earth shows a work recently published in the "Bonn zoological Bulletin" by Dirk Ahrens und Silvia Fabrizi, scientists from the Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig – Leibniz-Institute for Biodiversity of animals (ZFMK) in Bonn. They discovered at one blow 127 new species of mini chafers (scarab beetles of the tribe Sericini) from the Indian subcontinent.
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[15.12.2016] An Action Plan to save one of the world’s most threatened shark species from extinction was today unveiled by a partnership of leading conservation organisations.
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[01.12.2016] The massive decline of over 75% insect biomass reported from Germany between 1989 and 2013 by expert citizen scientists proves the urgent need for new methods and standards for fast and wide-scale biodiversity assessments.
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[18.11.2016] “Evolution has brought up some weird animals, such as the caseids.” says Dr. Markus Lambertz, zoologist at the University of Bonn and the Museum Koenig. Caseids are “mammal-like” reptiles that lived about 300-250 million years ago. Especially the barrel-shaped trunk got Dr. Lambertz’ attention. How did these reptiles breathe? Exceptional joints impeded rib motility and allowed for only limited inhalation. Calculations revealed that the ventilatory system was not that effective, but still sufficient for a sedentary grazer.
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[06.07.2016] Seiner „Leidenschaft“, der Tierbeobachtung, ging Wolfgang Hartwig auf vielfältige Weise nach, und sie kommt neben seinem Beruf in unterschiedlicher Form zum Ausdruck:in gemalten Bildern, in der Illustration von Vogelbüchern renommierter Verlage (u.a. COLLINS Field Guide) sowie in Briefmarken, die er für verschiedene Länder gestaltete.
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[31.05.2016] German scientists assessed the impacts of climate change for the global distribution of the African clawed frog Xenopus laevis in collaboration with an international team. With the help of mathematical models the research found that the current populations in Europe will increase driven by the projected impact of climate change. The study was now published in the renowned journal PLoS One.
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[06.04.2016] Researchers of the Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig, Bonn, Germany and the Senckenberg Forschungsinstitut Dresden, Germany, who worked in close collaboration with scientists from the USA, Thailand, and Cambodia, recently discovered a new turtle species in northeastern Thailand which was subsequently described as Malayemys khoratensis, in the scientific journal PloS One.
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[06.04.2016] (Bonn, 06.04.2016) Six new species of Chinese Dragon Millipedes, including species that live exclusively in caves, were recently described through international cooperation of research institutes from China, Russia and Germany. These cave species have unusually long legs and antennae, in one case resembling a stick insect, others appear ghosty white and are translucent. The study was published in the open access journal ZooKeys.
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[27.01.2016] Between 2008 and 2012 researcher from Germany, The United States and Swaziland discovered the Isabelline White-winged Serotine during environmental impact assessments in the Simandou and Nimba Mountains of southeastern Guinea. The species occurs in relatively undisturbed rainforest areas that are part of iron ore mining concessions awarded to international mining companies. The biological surveys were designed to assess which rare animal and plant species occur on the mountains and provide data for planning the mining operation as environmentally sustainable as possible.
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