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22 May 2012

NEW PANAMANIAN FROG STAINS BRIGHT YELLOW

A new frog species from western Panama, recently discovered by a team of herpetologists from the Senckenberg Research Institute in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, resulted in a weird discovery. When handled, the amphibian stains the fingers in bright yellow. The purpose of this dye is unknown.





The new species has been named Diasporus citrinobapheus, is a member of the family Eleutherodactylidae, well known because of the reproductive startegy of skipping the larval stage giving birth tiny froglets directly from eggs. The new especies is about 2 cm long, which makes it difficult to find.



Read more:http://news.mongabay.com/

18 May 2012

GIANT SIDE-NECKED FOSSIL TURTLE, 60 MILLION YEARS OLD, FOUND IN COLOMBIA

Although formally described in 2005 (under the name Carbonemys cofrinii, in reference to the coal mine in Cerro Cerrejón, northern Colombia, where it was discovered) it was not until recently when the largest specimen (measuring 172 centimeters, or about 5 feet 7 inches, long) was found.
Reconstruction of Carbonemys preying upon a small crocodylomorph. (Credit: Artwork by Liz Bradford)

This giant lived five million years after the dinosaurs vanished, along with other large reptiles like giant boas and crocodiles. Scientists believe that a combination of fewer predators, larger habitat area, plentiful food supply, and climate changes, along other changes in the ecosystem, worked together to allow these giant species to survive. 
Read more at the ScienceDaily news report.

16 May 2012

The Fifth Asian Herpetological Conference

The Fifth Asian Herpetological Conference will be held on 2-4 June 2012 in the city of Chengdu, western China. 
The conference will be joined by the Annual Meeting of the Chinese Herpetologist Society and hosted by the Chengdu Institute of Biology and the Chinese Herpetologist Society.
The conference is the largest regional herpetological gathering of the Asian and Pacific area and we anticipate that 250-300 herpetologists will attend the conference. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet friends, exchange ideas and establish collaborations. In addition to regular presentations, several workshops are also planned, which will provide a learning experience for students. The first Asian Herpetological Research editorial board meeting will be held at the same time. 

Meeting URI: http://ahc2012.csp.escience.cn/dct/page/1

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