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 on: Today at 01:59:14 am 
Started by Alicia Quarles - Last post by Alicia Quarles



Young gorillas are destroying poacher snares
Posted on Sunday, 21 August, 2016




Silverback gorillas have started to actively destroy poacher traps. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.6 Kabir
Some of Rwanda's mountain gorillas have taken a hands-on approach to tackling the threat of snares.
Conservationists have reported that, for the first time ever, young silverback gorillas have been observed actively seeking out and destroying snare traps left in the forest by poachers.

Thousands of rope-and-branch snares are set up across Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park on a regular basis and conservationists spend a lot of time attempting to locate and disarm them.

Now though it seems as though even the gorillas themselves are getting in on the act.

"This is absolutely the first time that we've seen juveniles doing that... I don't know of any other reports in the world of juveniles destroying snares," said gorilla program co-ordinator Veronica Vecellio at the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund's Karisoke Research Center.

"We are the largest database and observer of wild gorillas... so I would be very surprised if somebody else has seen that."

Not only does this behavior help to demonstrate the level of intelligence exhibited by the gorillas but it could also mean that their young will be less likely to become trapped in a snare in the future.

"They were very confident," said Vecellio. "They saw what they had to do, they did it, then they left."

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2012/07/120719-young-gorillas-juvenile-traps-snares-rwanda-science-fossey/

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 on: August 22, 2016, 10:52:17 pm 
Started by Martinex - Last post by Martinex
From the article: "People have long believed that the island civilization ran out of resources and, as a result, engaged in massive in-fighting, which led to its collapse." Let me correct that statement: "People Archaeologists have long believed that the island civilization ran out of resources and, as a result, engaged in massive in-fighting, which led to its collapse." What a silly statement in an otherwise good piece which I agree with wholeheartedly.

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 on: August 22, 2016, 10:50:49 pm 
Started by Martinex - Last post by Martinex
http://phys.org/news/2016-08-easter-island-war-analysis.html

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 on: August 22, 2016, 10:50:15 pm 
Started by Martinex - Last post by Martinex
"We found that when you look at the shape of these things, they just don't look like weapons," he said. "When you can compare them to European weapons or weapons found anywhere around the world when there are actually objects used for warfare, they're very systematic in their shape."

Instead, he argues, these 'spear points' were more likely to be general purpose tools.

"What people traditionally think about the island is being this island of catastrophe and collapse just isn't true in a pre-historic sense," he said.

"Populations were successful and lived sustainably on the island up until European contact."

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 on: August 22, 2016, 10:49:44 pm 
Started by Martinex - Last post by Martinex


Did the people of Easter Island really wipe themselves out ? Image Credit: CC BY 2.5 Honey Hooper
A new study has suggested that the inhabitants of Easter Island were not destroyed by warfare.
One of the most popular theories concerning the decline of the Easter Islanders suggests that, having exhausted the island's natural resources, the people fought amongst themselves over dwindling food supplies until the eventual collapse of their civilization.

Thousands of small obsidian spear points found scattered across the island were thought to point to this particular version of events, but now researchers led by Carl Lipo of Binghamton University have called in to question whether these objects were even weapons at all.

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 on: August 22, 2016, 10:42:15 pm 
Started by Martinex - Last post by Martinex

Easter Island not destroyed by war, new analysis shows
August 18, 2016 by John Brhel



Easter Island not destroyed by war, new analysis shows
Credit: Binghamton University

A new study led by a Binghamton University archaeologist contradicts the belief that the ancient civilization of Rapa Nui, Chile, was destroyed by warfare.

An analysis of artifacts found on what was previously called Easter Island revealed that these objects were likely general purpose tools and not spear points, says Carl Lipo, professor of anthropology at Binghamton and lead author on the study, published this month in the journal Antiquity.

People have long believed that the island civilization ran out of resources and, as a result, engaged in massive in-fighting, which led to its collapse. Thousands of obsidian, triangular objects found on the surface, known as mata'a, seemed to support this theory. Because of their large numbers and because they're made of sharp glass, many believed the mata'a were weapons of war.

Lipo and his team analyzed the shape variability of a photo set of 400-plus mata'a collected from the island using a technique known as morphometrics, which allowed them to characterize the shapes in a quantitative manner. Based on the wide variability in shape and their difference from other traditional weapons, the team determined that the mata'a were not used in warfare after all.

"We found that when you look at the shape of these things, they just don't look like weapons at all," Lipo says. "When you can compare them to European weapons or weapons found anywhere around the world when there are actually objects used for warfare, they're very systematic in their shape. They have to do their job really well. Not doing well is risking death."

He says the mata'a wouldn't be lethal. "You can always use something as a spear," Lipo says. "Anything that you have can be a weapon. But under the conditions of warfare, weapons are going to have performance characteristics. And they're going to be very carefully fashioned for that purpose because it matters."

Lipo's study suggests that the ancient civilization never experienced the oft-theorized warfare. Instead, the belief that the mata'a were weapons used in the collapse of the civilization is likely a late-European interpretation of the record.

"What people traditionally think about the island is being this island of catastrophe and collapse just isn't true in a pre-historic sense," Lipo says. "Populations were successful and lived sustainably on the island up until European contact."

Lipo and his team believe that the mata'a are found all over the landscape because they were cultivation tools used in ritual tasks like tattooing or domestic activities such as plant processing.

"We've been trying to focus on individual bits of evidence that support the collapse narrative to demonstrate that really there's no support whatsoever for that story," he says. "Sort of a pillar of the broader study is the fact that this is an amazing society that really was successful. It just doesn't look like success to us because we see fields that are rock, we think catastrophe, and in fact it's actually productivity."

Explore further: Study suggests history of Rapa Nui on Easter Island far more complex than thought

Journal reference: Antiquity search and more info website

Provided by: Binghamton University search and more info website


http://phys.org/news/2016-08-easter-island-war-analysis.html

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 on: August 22, 2016, 12:30:51 am 
Started by Sheena - Last post by Sheena
Cameras aboard the International Space Station filmed part of the Perseid meteor shower.

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 on: August 22, 2016, 12:30:11 am 
Started by Sheena - Last post by Sheena
Meteors hitting Earth's atmosphere

https://youtu.be/5j8i17-lDCI

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 on: August 22, 2016, 12:29:00 am 
Started by Sheena - Last post by Sheena
A series of paranormal disturbances at a house in South Lanarkshire have been investigated by the police.
According to reports, a mother and her teenage son had been left "extremely distressed" after a series of "violent and unexplained" events at their house had forced them to reach out for help.

Police officers attending the scene had initially believed the case to be a mental health issue, but after experiencing the phenomenon for themselves they were so flabbergasted that they actually ended up calling the Catholic Church for assistance.

"The officers attended expecting it to be a mental health issue but they witnessed the lights going off, clothes flying across the room and the dog [the family's Chihuahua] sitting on top of a hedge," said a police source. "The officers called their superiors, who also attended, thinking the cops were perhaps being a bit silly. But it's being taken very seriously."

The mother and son have since left the house to go and stay with relatives while reports indicate that a priest has also visited the property to conduct a blessing.

"Officers with more than 20 years' service are saying they've never seen anything like this," said the police source. "It really is something that down-to-earth police officers are having trouble getting their heads round."

"How do you handle what, despite us liking to use the word, has been described as a poltergeist ?"


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 on: August 22, 2016, 12:27:36 am 
Started by Sheena - Last post by Sheena
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/08/14/police-contact-catholic-church-after-baffling-poltergeist-report/

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