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26 January 2017

Why did humans evolve big penises but small testicles? [The Conversation]

Humans have a much longer and wider penis than the other great apes. Even the largest of gorillas, more than twice as heavy as a human, will have a penis just two and half inches long when erect.
However our testicles are rather small. A chimpanzee’s testes weigh more than a third of its brain while ours weigh in at less than 3%. The relative size of our penis and testes is all down to our mating strategies, and can provide some surprising insights into early human culture.

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26 January 2017

New hermit crab has candy-stick legs and a giant spoon-like claw [New Scientist]

How about a little eye candy? A new species of hermit crab, discovered in the Caribbean, is just the ticket.
It’s called the candy striped hermit crab, named for the bright red stripes that run up its white claws and legs.

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26 January 2017

10 amazing birds that have gone extinct [Birdlife International]

BirdLife is proud to announce that Volume 2 of the Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World is now available to purchase. Published by Lynx Edicions in association with HBW and BirdLife International, Volume 2 chronicles the world’s passerines (perching birds), and completes the most exhaustive illustrated checklist of birds ever compiled, with stunning, full-colour portraits of all the world’s 10,965 extant species.
In addition, this comprehensive set also features portraits of every bird species to have gone extinct since the year 1500, that we have reliable visual records of. Below are just some of the hundreds of species of bird that have been wiped out by human activity in the modern era.

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26 January 2017

Quel est l’état écologique des lagunes méditerranéennes ? [Agence de l’eau Rhône Méditerranée Corse]

L’Observatoire National de la Mer et du Littoral a publié fin 2016 une fiche sur l’état écologique des masses d’eau littorales françaises dans le cadre de la directive cadre sur l’eau.

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26 January 2017

Découverte d’un insecte unique en son genre datant de 100 millions d’années [Housseniawriting]

Les chercheurs rapportent la découverte d’un ancien insecte datant de 100 millions d’années préservé dans l’ambre. Cet insecte est tellement particulier qu’il bénéficie de son propre ordre parmi les insectes. L’ordre est Aethiocarenodea et l’insecte a été appelé Aethiocarenus burmanicus.

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