Every week we share interesting stories about the environment. This is our second edition.
100-Million-Year-Old Bee's Nest Discovered in Argentina 🐝
Palaeontologists have discovered a fossilized bee's nest in Argentina dating back 100 - 105 million years ago. The discovery is the oldest fossil evidence for modern bees.
The ancient nest is said to belong to the Halictidae family, a tunnel-nesting bee species.
This finding is significant because it points to the theory that bees and some flowering plants diversified together around 110 to 120 million years ago.
Ants React to Social Isolation in a Similar to Humans 🐜
A joint Israeli-German study published in Molecular Ecology has discovered that ants react to social isolation in the same way humans and other social mammals do.
Following social isolation, ants interacted with nestmates less, increased brood contact duration, and spent less time self-grooming. Researchers also discovered the ants' immune system function and stress response was negatively affected.
Humpback Whale Populations Rebound From Near Extinction 🐳
After a resurgence in populations, the Australian Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, is considering removing Humpback Whales from Australia's threatened species list.
While it's challenging to collect accurate data, the Australian government estimates Humpback populations have increased by 10%-11% per year for the last decade.
Although this is exciting news for Humpbacks, these majestic mammals still face many crucial challenges, including pollution, climate change, and krill over-harvesting.
Grizzly Bears Expand Their Territory in the Lower-48 🐻
A report from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has found that Grizzly Bear populations have increased in the lower-48 States along with the territory they occupy.
The endangered Grizzly Bear now occupies 6%of their historical territory, up from 2% in 1975.
Female Putty-Nosed Monkeys Recruit Males for "Defence Contracts" 🐒😆
A study published in The Royal Society has found female putty-nosed monkeys, a species found in the Congo will recruit males from outside their troop to fend off predators.
Through a series of calls, the females will advertise the need to fend off a predator. Males will approach with a call to signal they're willing to take on the job. Once the predator has been ejected, the male changes its call and the female will stop sounding the alarm.
Successful males will usually be rewarded in future mate selection.
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