Latest News Publishes New Insights Into The Great White Shark, Homo Erectus & Vostok

Mannheim, Germany (PRWEB) February 14, 2012

The sciences website publishes insights into all areas of natural sciences including biology, agriculture, horticulture, forestry, geography, environment and health. Drawing from this pool of scientific disciplines, it publishes articles, reviews and insights on natural sciences topics including those which have recently attained attention. While the Sciences Research Category contains over 36 million references, most of the reviews are included in the Sciences Keyword Category of the online science magazine. The latter category now includes three newly published insights into the Great White Shark, Homo Erectus and Vostok.

The insight into the Great White Shark covers Carcharodon carcharias which is a large lamniform shark found in coastal surface waters in all major oceans. The Great White Shark is known for its size, with the largest animals exceeding 6 meters in length and 2.3 tons in weight. With a life span of over 30 years it reaches maturity at around 15 years of age. The insight covers gas chromatography analyses to reveal DDT concentrations in various apex marine predators. The total DDT concentrations in livers of juvenile white sharks were higher than other non-elasmobranch apex predators. It also covers the market demand for shark fins which in general has continued to grow. The value and extent of utilization of white shark fins in trade, however, has been controversial. Some researchers have demonstrated that illegal trade in fins of this species is occurring in the contemporary international market. They furthermore document the presence of fins from very young white sharks in the trade, suggesting a multiple-use market exists for fins of this species. The insight also presents research on an amplified fragment length polymorphism method to reveal allelic diversity. These studies reveal that both the endangered sand tiger shark and the great white shark display relatively high levels of genetic diversity. presents an insight into Homo erectus which is is an extinct species of humans that lived from the end of the Pliocene epoch to the later Pleistocene, about 1.3 to 1.8 million years ago. The species originated in Africa and spread as far as India, China and Java. The insight covers problems about the Homo erectus movements and distribution of Acheulean Industrial Tradition in West Asia. Recently, the fossil remains of Homo erectus found in Dmanisi (Turkey) and their very old dates around 1.8 million years put forward the importance of Anatolia. Homo erectus who came in Anatolia by following the Levant Corridor might used the Anatolian bridge for passing to the Transcaucasia. The review also presents studies seperating Homo erectus from Homo sapiens. Casts of Homo erectus fossils from Indonesia, China, and Kenya and of archaic Homo sapiens from Kabwe and Petralona, as well as ten modern human crania, were used as the primary comparative sample. The modern humans were well separated from the fossils in a graphical superimposition of Procrustes-aligned semi-landmarks as well as in principal component and canonical discriminant analyses.

The review of Vostok covers the Russian Antarctic research station which is at the southern Pole of Cold, with the lowest reliably measured natural temperature on Earth of −89.2 °C. This research station has recently drawn worldwide public attention since scientists reported success in their quest to drill into Lake Vostok, a huge body of liquid water buried under the Antarctic ice. The insight documents that international planning is underway to search in Lake Vostok for microbial life that may have evolved in isolation from surface life for millions of years. It is thought, however, that the lakes may be hydraulically interconnected. If so, unsterile drilling would contaminate not just one but many of them. Other results indicate the presence of thermophilic chemoautotrophic microorganisms in Lake Vostok accretion ice. Tis environment also allows estimating CO levels during the last interglacial stage. Such measurements strongly relied on measurements on air trapped in the Antarctic Vostok ice core.

The Science Magazine was launched in November 1998 as the online version of the French science magazine “Eurêka – Le magazine des sciences” published since 1995. During the past decade, it has emerged as a comprehensive aggregator of information on biology, on the applied life sciences agriculture, horticulture and forestry, on the earth sciences, on the environmental sciences, and on the health sciences.

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