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Mike Shanahan's Blog – April 2013 Archive (2)

If we cook these tiny wasps, we put the heat on hundreds of other species

From the wings of tiny creatures hang the fates of hundreds of bird and mammal species, and perhaps even entire rainforests. They are fig wasps and they play a disproportionate role in the grand drama of life on Earth. They shape our own story too because of this. But new research warns that these insects could be “extremely vulnerable” to global warming.

This matters because each of the 750+ species of fig tree (Ficus species) relies utterly on particular species of fig wasp…

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Added by Mike Shanahan on April 3, 2013 at 9:05 — No Comments

Unhappy endlings: What tales of the last days of extinct and dying species can bring to our own story

They are all now dead and can never be replaced but at least they got names. Martha, Benjamin and Incas… Booming Ben and Lonesome George. They wer endlings, each one the last known member of its species. Their names remind us that we have epic tales to tell of the decline and fall of entire species.

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Added by Mike Shanahan on April 3, 2013 at 8:59 — No Comments

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