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Russian scientists discover region's largest mammoth tusk yet in Ural mountains

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Paleontologists are celebrating after discovering the largest mammoth tusk ever found in Russia
Paleontologists are celebrating after discovering the largest mammoth tusk ever found in Russia.

Part of the tusk of a steppe mammoth was found during an an expedition in the Ural Mountains in the Prikamye region of central Russia's Perm Krai region.

Paleontologists initially thought they had found just a small section of tusk - but when it was fully excavated it measured 3.15 metres (10ft 4ins) long and 22 centimetres (8.7 ins) in diameter.

Comment: What kind of world was able to support such massive creatures?


Woman killed by pit bull terrier in Chicago

A 57-year-old woman is killed after being attacked by a pit bull on Chicago's far South Side.

It happened near 101st and South Calhoun around noon Saturday.

Police said when officers arrived at the scene, the dog charged at them. Both officers fired their guns killing the dog.

The victim was taken to the hospital where she was pronounced dead. The dog bit her throughout her body, including her neck.


Bryde's whale found dead in south Iran

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A huge Bryde's whale was found dead in Deyr-Nakhilou National Park located along the coasts of the southern province of Bushehr.

According to Hossein Delshab, head of the provincial office of the Department of Environment, the large mammal must have crashed into the boats and ships before its death, Tasnim News Agency reported.

"This is not the first time that dead big whales are washed ashore in the southern coasts," the official said.


Globull warmist nutjobs burning crops for fuel while farmers struggle to feed cattle due to "extreme weather"

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Sheep farmers are calling for the government to rethink incentives for anaerobic digestion plants and large-scale biomass burners post-Brexit.

The National Sheep Association (NSA) is urging a review on the impact energy grant structures are having on the countryside, which the group says is "disproportionately incentivised".

The organisation has concerns over the pressure anaerobic digestion (AD) plants and large-scale biomass burners place on the sheep sector - and says the current extreme weather has further exacerbated the situation.

Comment: Wiki:
Anaerobic digestion is a collection of processes by which microorganisms break down biodegradable material in the absence of oxygen. The process is used for industrial or domestic purposes to manage waste or to produce fuels.

Phil Stocker, NSA Chief Executive explained: "Forage stocks were completely used up during the harsh winter we experienced, but instead of being able to rebuild stores, the dry weather means sheep farmers are already using winter feeds to sustain flocks due to a shortage of grass.

Comment: This story just demonstrates just how disconnected from reality globull warming 'science' really is. While farmers suffer crop losses and lower yield due to harsher winters, wetter springs and summer drought, with many resorting to slaughtering their animals due to lack of feed, demented global warmists are burning feed to produce a minimal amount of power, which is probably one of the most inefficient and wasteful uses imaginable. However food prices are already rising and it won't be long before a consumer backlash puts an end to such insanity: Also check out SOTT radio's:


Genome study upends notions of language evolution

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The human version of the gene FOXP2 harbours changes not found in chimpanzees or other primates.
The evolution of human language was once thought to have hinged on changes to a single gene that were so beneficial that they raced through ancient human populations. But an analysis now suggests that this gene, FOXP2, did not undergo changes in Homo sapiens' recent history after all - and that previous findings might simply have been false signals.

"The situation's a lot more complicated than the very clean story that has been making it into textbooks all this time," says Elizabeth Atkinson, a population geneticist at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a co-author of the paper, which was published on 2 August in Cell1.

Originally discovered in a family who had a history of profound speech and language disorders, FOXP2 was the first gene found to be involved in language production2. Later research touted its importance to the evolution of human language.

A key 2002 paper found that humans carry two mutations to FOXP2 not found in any other primates3. When the researchers looked at genetic variation surrounding these mutations, they found the signature of a 'selective sweep' - in which a beneficial mutation quickly becomes common across a population. This change to FOXP2 seemed to have happened in the past 200,000 years, the team reported in Nature. The paper has been cited hundreds of times in the scientific literature.


Boy, 2, killed by several pit bull terriers in Philadelphia

A 2-year-old boy was fatally mauled by several pit bulls late Wednesday afternoon inside a rowhouse in the city's Port Richmond section, police said.

Around 5:15 p.m., police responded to reports that a child was being attacked by dogs inside a two-story rowhouse in the 3000 block of Agate Street, said Chief Inspector Scott Small.

When the officers arrived, "they could see through the front door ... a child being attacked" by pit bulls, Small said.

"The child was bleeding heavily. The child was unresponsive," he added.

"Some of the dogs charged the officers. The officers fired shots at these dogs that were attacking them," Small said. Two dogs were killed and one wounded, police said.


14-month-old girl killed by family dog in Victoria, Australia

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The family of a 14-month-old girl fatally mauled by a dog in country Victoria had only been in the township for a few months before her death.

The toddler was set upon by the family's German Wirehaired Pointer at a rural property at Neerim Junction, in the Gippsland region, early on Thursday morning.

The little girl died at the scene despite treatment by paramedics.

Mayor of Baw Baw Shire Joe Gauci said the dog had been seized by the local council, and the family had consented for it to be destroyed. Counselling services for the community had been set up at the local hall, he said.

"When it's a young child, I think it's even harder for the community to take," he told reporters.


What's killing the dolphins in France? More than 700 wash up dead over the winter

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Some 700 dolphins washed up dead on French beaches over the winter, figures reveal, most of them victims of the fishing industry.

Between January and April 2018, some 700 small cetenea, most of them common dolphins and to a lesser extent harbour porpoise, were found dead on beaches on the French Atlantic coast.

"Seventy to eighty percent of them presented lesions compatible with an accidental death after being caught in fishing gear," Olivier Van Canneyt, biologist at the Observatoire Pelagis — a research centre dedicated to the conservation of marine mammals and birds — told Euronews.

Cuts from fishing nets, amputated fins, broken rostrums or asphyxiations were some of the signs that their deaths followed them being inadvertedly caught by fishing vessels.

Snowflake Cold

Australia's record breaking cold, frost and drought force Kangeroo mobs into towns

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Mobs of kangaroos have been raiding patches of grass in the Australian capital Canberra, driven to the city's sports fields, back yards and roadsides by food scarcity.

Canberra residents have taken to social media with images of the jumping marsupials exploring outside their usual habitats. But beyond the cute photo opportunities, the hungry kangaroos are at risk of dying on the roads as their feeding times coincide with rush hour.

Canberra has more than 30 nature reserves, with most hosting hundreds of Eastern Grey Kangaroos, and it is not unusual to see them in the reserves or in roads or yards nearby, Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Parks and Conservation Service Director Daniel Iglesias told CNN.But he said this winter the animals were far more visible.

"Canberra is experiencing a perfect storm of hardship for its kangaroos. New records have been set in Canberra for very cold, frosty nights this winter. This, coupled with very dry conditions with very little rain at all in June and July, means there is very little food for kangaroos, " Iglesias said, via email."Sports ovals, suburban yards, schoolyards and roadsides are the few places offering any green grass at all in Canberra at the moment and they act as magnets for kangaroos," he said.

Comment: Australia's record drought means there's no food for the 'Roo's or cattle. And these are the same kinds of weather patterns we're seeing all over the world; extreme drought, epic flooding, erratic seasons with earlier winters that drag on longer and are colder than ever before:


World's largest colony of King penguins in the southern Indian Ocean has plummeted by 90%

Researchers say numbers of the animals at Île aux Cochons, in the southern Indian Ocean, has been decimated.

Researchers say numbers of the animals at Île aux Cochons, in the southern Indian Ocean, has been decimated.
It was once the world's biggest colony of King penguins, with over two million birds and 500,000 breeding pairs.

Now, researchers say numbers of the animals at Île aux Cochons, in the southern Indian Ocean, have been decimated - and they aren't sure why.

A new analysis of photographs taken from a helicopter confirm that the colony's penguin population has plummeted.

Researchers found that the colony has shrunk, yielding its territory to encroaching vegetation.

Known since the 1960s, the colony of king penguins (Aptenodytes patagonicus) on Île aux Cochons, in the southern Indian Ocean, had the distinction of being the world's biggest colony of king penguins and second biggest colony of all penguins.