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Today’s news: new species all over the place and fantastic pictures from the ocean

August 29, 2011

Here are some fascinating articles that the humans (and animals ) at Current Instincts are reading today. Did we miss something major? Let us know below or send us an email.

1. New species emerge as rebels fade from Colombia’s rainforest. A lush section of Colombia’s Choco region is finally available to researchers for studying. Illegal and dangerous groups have been cleared from the area, allowing scientists to document plants and animals in the rainforest for the first time. They’re heading back soon for their second expedition to try and study up to 900 species. (Christian Science Monitor)

2. Study shows elephants capable of insight. A 7-year-old Asian elephant at the National Zoo in Washington, DC was able to use tools to get to some food just out of his reach. The results show that elephants are able to reason around the same level as dolphins and chimpanzees. This is one of the first studies that confirms that elephants are geniuses. (Physorg.com)

What a cutie!

3. New monkey species discovered in remote Amazon. Researchers have been working against the clock in Mato Grosso in Brazil to document species before the forest disappears. The region has the highest rate of deforestation in the Amazon. But good news is still available. Researchers have discovered rare animals living there and have even found a new species of monkey. (Treehugger)

4. Killing one kind of trout to save another. Surgically altered lake trout in Yellowstone are designed to help researchers destroy them. It’s okay though, because they’re invasive to the area and damaging to the ecosystem. (New York Times)

5. Marine species discovered on Gorringe seamount. The Gorringe seamount in the Portuguese Atlantic is teeming with life – and we’ve got the pictures to prove it. Oceana, who conducted the expedition, are calling for more protection of the area. Check out the stunning photos. (The Guardian)

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