Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Hyraxes found to sing with varying syntax


Hyraxes' songs have something rarely found in mammals: syntax that varies according to where the hyraxes live, geographical dialects in how they put their songs together.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/05/19/MNEP1O80VA.DTL#ixzz1vWxeAkUv

Monday, May 21, 2012

Ancient life, potentially millions of years old and barely alive, found beneath ocean floor

Call it survival of the slowest: Extraordinarily old, bizarrely low-key bacteria have been found in sediments 100 feet below the sea floor of the Pacific Ocean, far removed from sunlight, fresh nutrients and what humans would consider anything interesting to do. 
Some of these organisms, scientists say, could be at least 1,000 years old. Or maybe millions of years.