South America nature

Articles in ‘South America nature’

Thousands of tortoises stolen from the Galapagos Islands

August 6th, 2011

The Hercules Beetle – fact and fiction

February 15th, 2011

Falkland Islands wolf mystery solved

November 2nd, 2009 The origin of the strange Falkland Islands wolf (Dusicyon australis), which was hunted to extinction in the late 19th century, may finally have been solved – 175 years after Charles Darwin wondered about the nature of this curious fox-like creature. A DNA study has revealed that the animal did not, as thought, arrive to the islands as the pets of Pre-Colombian natives, but rather travelled there long before humans had populated the Americas. More here More from Wikipedia on the Falkland Islands wolf

Age of the Amazon

July 29th, 2009

Scientists at the University of Liverpool have discovered that the Amazon river is around 11 million years old and took its present form some 2.4 million years ago. Eureka

Vampire bats feasting on humans

July 20th, 2009 The destruction of the Amazon rainforest through logging, mining and road construction is causing vampire bats in Peru to feast more regularly on the blood of humans. Wildlife is disappearing and so the bats are turning to our blood, and as a result, outbreaks of rabies are on the rise, killing people in places where the disease was rare. Ecoworldly Originally reported on National Geographic with video here.

Cotopaxi by Frederic Edwin Church

July 19th, 2009