Archive for June, 2007

Bald Eagles Soar Off Endangered Species List, But Will Act Be Weakened?

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: June 28, 2007   View Article

The bald eagle has rebounded from the brink of extinction, U.S. officials say, and in an announcement this morning the government removed it from the list of federally protected species.

Conservationists heralded the eagle’s recovery as a success story that proves the U.S. Endangered Species Act works, but they voiced concern that the Supreme Court has weakened the act with rulings it made earlier this week.

Dinosaur Extinction Spurred Rise of Modern Mammals, Study Says

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: June 20, 2007   View Article

The asteroid that finished off the dinosaurs 65 million years ago opened up niches for the majority of today’s living mammals, according to a new study.

The finding is the latest volley in a long-simmering debate over when and where the direct ancestors of everything from whales to rats to humans first arose.

Frequent Flora Miles: Plants Can “Hop” to Distant Lands

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: June 14, 2007   View Article

Looking for frequent flyer tips? Ask an Arctic plant.

The hardy flora rack up the miles as climate change sends them adrift in search of fresh places to put down roots, a new study says.

Geographic Photographer Critically Injured in Africa

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: June 11, 2007   View Article

National Geographic photographer Bobby Model remains in critical condition at a South African hospital after a chunk of concrete smashed through the windshield of a pickup truck and hit him in the head Thursday.

Iceman Bled Out From Arrow Wound, X-Ray Scan Reveals

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: June 7, 2007   View Article

The prehistoric iceman known as Oetzi died from an arrow-inflicted lesion to an artery near his left shoulder, modern x-ray technology shows.

The finding clarifies the mystery of how the 46-year-old man died some 5,300 years ago high up on a mountain glacier in northern Italy.

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