Inbreeding plagued the last woolly mammoths

World / Science & Health Feb 8, 2020

Inbreeding plagued the last woolly mammoths

The world's last woolly mammoths, sequestered on an Arctic Ocean island outpost, suffered from serious genetic defects caused by generations of inbreeding that may have hampered traits such as sense of smell and male fertility in the doomed population. Scientists said on Friday that the ...

World / Science & Health Feb 8, 2020

Climate change is decimating bumblebees, study finds

Climate change has contributed to a sharp drop in bumblebee populations across North America and Europe in recent decades, scientists said Friday. Compared to the period 1900-1974, bumblebee numbers across dozens of distinct species dropped, on average, 46 percent during the first 15 years of ...

Asia Pacific / Science & Health Jan 4, 2020

Seven stranded pilot whales rescued in New Zealand

Seven whales were successfully herded back to sea after they survived a mass stranding at a New Zealand beach on Saturday, conservation officials said. About 1,000 locals and vacationers had spent several hours comforting the beached whales on the Coromandel Peninsula in the North Island. They ...