Creature News of May 2008

This month, the news surrounding interesting creatures begins with a study that presents a rather chilling conclusion regarding some of the most vibrantly colored insects in the world. In this article, you will also learn about the fate of a collection of dinosaur eggs, as well as a discussion pertaining to the appearance of what fossils that could have come from the planet Mars would look like.

Tropical Insects Are Under Attack

Global warming is threatening the existence of tropical insects, according to a study conducting by United States scientists. Species that are greatly affecting by the most remote shift in temperature will suffer the most. While cold weather animals can adapt and handle drastic changes in climate , tropical species will not fare as well. Just an increase of two to four degrees Celsius could send some creatures reeling from the change.

To arrive at this conclusion, research was led by the study of daily and monthly global temperatures that took place from 1950 to 2000. An examination of a host of tropical insects, frogs, lizards, and turtles were also used to arrive at the findings of the study. The news was quite disturbing, as the tropics are home to a great deal of species that thrive on planet Earth.

Argentine Dinosaur Eggs Returning Home

Buenos Aires, Argentina reports that they are in talks with a senior official associated with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in regards to dinosaur eggs. In the works is the return of more than 8,100 pounds of fossils that were seized about two years ago when ICE agents raided a gem a mineral show located in Tucson, Arizona. The assistant secretary for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Julie L Myers) is planning of sending the eggs back home.

The collection of fossils includes an undetermined number of dinosaur eggs that join an assortment of shell fragments, petrified pine cones, and the fossils of prehistoric crabs. All of the above has been removed against legal law from Argentina and brought to the United States for an illegal sale. Experts conclude that the fossils most likely date from an era dated between 180 million and 250 million years ago.

Fossils from Mars?

We can only dream what the fossils of Mars would look like, but scientists are using fossil microbes located about a river in Spain that could shed light on how life on Mars would look if preserved in the same minerals that decorate the planet. All of this information will prove helpful for when astronauts wish to create new tools and send out the next models of Mars rovers into space. The goal is to finally discover evidence that past life survived on the planet.

If you are interested in learning a little bit more about the mysterious planet of Mars, be on the lookout for the article titled, ” Taking a Look at Mars,” which will furnish a collection of facts to create a better picture regarding the ins and outs of the Red Planet.