Snakes on an historical plane

This is just too terrifying to not post about.

‘Anaconda’ Meets ‘Jurassic Park’: Fossil Snake from India Fed on Hatchling Dinosaurs

The remains of an extraordinary fossil unearthed in 67-million-year-old sediments from Gujarat, western India provide a rare glimpse at an unusual feeding behavior in ancient snakes… The remains of a nearly complete snake were found preserved in the nest of a sauropod dinosaur, adults of which are the largest animals known to have walked the earth. The snake was coiled around a recently hatched egg adjacent to a hatchling sauropod. Remains of other snake individuals associated with egg clutches at the same site indicate that the newly described snake made its living feeding on young dinosaurs.

That’s right. Dinosaur-eating snakes.

Sleep tight.

Fish Whispering

Revealed: 70 types of seafood ‘you should not eat’ to conserve stocks

FROM king prawns and anchovies to Scottish haddock and cod, almost 70 types of seafood should remain in the sea and off the dinner plate, according to new recommendations from a conservation group.

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) today publishes its annual list of which fish to eat, and which to avoid.

It gives advice on more than 150 species, recommending 69 stocks should be avoided because they are unsustainable due to overfishing,poor management or because the method of harvesting harms other species. []

This is of interest to the news blog because it’s essentially what SeaChoice does here in Canada, and a lot of the complaints from pundits are the same – it’s hard to tell where a plate of fish is from due to a lack of understandable labelling.

So eat a cow instead.

We're all going to die, part II

Science Daily: Mass Extinctions And ‘Rise Of Slime’ Predicted For Oceans
Human activities are cumulatively driving the health of the world’s oceans down a rapid spiral, and only prompt and wholesale changes will slow or perhaps ultimately reverse the catastrophic problems they are facing.

Science

Evidence mounts that we’re in midst of mass extinction event
It’s difficult to follow the literature right now in ecology without feeling like you need a drink. Pretty much wherever you look there’s bad news, and it just keeps coming. It all seems to point to one thing: we’re living in the middle of a mass extinction, and we’re almost certainly the cause. The irony, if such a word should be used, is that the planet has only just emerged from a mass extinction at the end of the last ice age.

New bird species found in Gabon

The long-ignored ocean emergency and what can be done to address it

Biodiversity: Don’t feel helpless in face of global change