A 100-Year-Old Galapagos Giant Tortoise, Named Diego, Is Retiring After Being Part Of A Captive Breeding Program To Help Save The Endangered Tortoise Species, Chelonoidis Hoodensis, From Going Extinct. Diego Is Said To Have Fathered 800 Babies Of The 2,000 Baby Tortoises That Were Born And Brought Back To Espanola Island In The Galapagos.
The Fossilized Shells Of What May Be The Largest Turtle To Ever Exist On Earth Have Been Found In Venezuela And Colombia. The Giant Turtle, Named Stupendemys Geographicus, Is Said To Have Lived ~5 To 10 Mya. The Shell Is Nearly 10 Feet In Length And Weighed 2,500 Pounds. The Male Shells Are Honed To Protect Their Skulls During Fights.
Researchers Are Indicating That One Of The Largest Freshwater Fishes, The Giant Chinese Paddlefish, Has Gone Extinct, Probably Btw Years 2005 and 2010, Due To Over-Fishing And A Major Dam Construction In 1981. This’s Worrisome That A Fish, Which Survived At Least 150Myrs, Including Dinosaur Extinction, Went Extinct Due To Human Activites.
The Sex Of An Animal Has Been Known To Be Determined By The Environment, Genetics, And Pollution. Pollutants Like Synthetic Estrogens And Herbicide Like Atrazine May Induce Genetically Male Frogs To Become Female Frogs. But A New Study Is Indicating That Frogs Could Change Their Sex Naturally During The Larvae Or Tadpole Stage.
Aha, The First Mammal, To The Best Of Known Records, An Australian Bramble Cay Melomys, A Brown Rat, Has Gone Extinct! The Rat, Which Inhabited A Small Coral Island On The Great Barrier Reef, Is Said To To Have Gone Extinct Due To Ocean Flooding Of Its Habitat, Associated With Sea-level Rise From Climate Change.
It’s Known That Global Warming Has An Impact On The Gender Ratio Of Animals. And Now, With Regards To Humans, Scientists Are Indicating A Higher Male Birth In Places With Temperature Rise, And Fewer Male Births Under Stressful Conditions, E.G, In Places That Have Experienced Drought Or Wildfire Due To Global Warming.
The Hatchlings Of Green Sea Turtles, According To Recent Study, Are Dominantly Females When Nested In Warmer Sands. Having Said This, Global Warming Is Turning Most Of The Green Sea Turtles, In the Great Barrier Reef, To Females. It Is Kind Of Strange That Temperature Can Determine The Gender Of An Animal.