CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 2009 |
The discovery of what appears to be a full mammoth tusk on Santa Cruz Island has excited scientists and may offer a glimpse of California beach life during prehistoric times. Scientists believe 14-foot-tall mammoths swam out to the Channel Islands from the mainland nearly 20,000 years ago, possibly lured by the sweet smell of island grassland for grazing. Later stranded by rising sea levels, the animals shrank over time to a dwarf version.
July 15, 2007 |
Pygmy musicians performing at an annual festival in the capital, Brazzaville, were put up in a tent in a zoo by officials, prompting a protest from a human rights group that said their presence has attracted tourists who stare and take pictures. Other performers were lodged in hotels. Officials said they wanted the 10 women, nine men and one baby to feel more at home.
June 23, 2007 |
About 2 million years ago, in lowland tropical forests of what is now China, there lived an ancestor of the giant panda that was very similar to the modern-day bear but was only about half its size, scientists said Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Researchers from the University of Iowa described a complete skull -- about 60% of the size of the modern panda -- and teeth of a pygmy-sized panda.
March 19, 2007 |
Two groups of tiny, dark-eyed, salt-and-pepper rabbits were released in a sagebrush field in eastern Washington last week, raising the population of Columbia Basin pygmy rabbits in the wild from zero to 20. They are the smallest rabbits in the United States and one of only two types in North America that dig their own burrows. Adults weigh about a pound, and measure a foot long.
September 7, 2006 |
'FACTS," according to one of Ronald Reagan's more notorious pronouncements, "are stupid things." In all fairness, Reagan had supposedly meant to say "stubborn." But in any event, facts can certainly be troublesome, especially when they require us to give up a cherished notion. Remember, for instance, in 2004, when anthropologists announced the discovery of fossil remains of members of the genus Homo on the island of Flores in Indonesia?
April 30, 2006 |
Pygmy chief Mbomba Bokenu says he may soon let loggers cut his people's forest, and all he expects in return is soap and a few bags of salt. "The Pygmies are suffering; we accept what we are given," said Bokenu, draped in brown civet-cat skins and holding a slender carved-wood shield. "Our children live in dirt, they suffer from disease. Soap and salt are a lot to our people."