Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Out of Africa...into America

Posted by A. at 1:50 PM
More ecology news, this little one coming from Thursday's issue of Nature...

Now, during the Miocene era, the great plains of America was virtually a double of the Serengeti. You can even take a trip to ashfall, in Nebraska, where you can observe the ongoing dig that's turning up ancient rhinos, four-tusked elephants, and camels. And believe it or not, that's the way some want it to be again:

But the proposal's supporters say it could help save some species from extinction in Africa, where protection is spotty and habitats are vanishing. They say the relocated animals could also restore the biodiversity in North America to a condition closer to what it was before humans overran the landscape more than 10,000 years ago...

Read the full story here


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