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Elephant history rewritten by ancient genomes DNA from extinct species forces rethink of elephants’ family tree

2016-09-16 - Boston, United States. Ewen Callaway

Love Dalén, a palaeogeneticist at the Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm, says that the study will force a reshuffle of the elephant family tree. “Basically Loxodonta is not valid as a genus name,” he says. He thinks that taxonomists may need to come up with new names for the different species, to better represent the relationship between savannah, forest and straight-tusked elephants.


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welfare

Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act: U.S. Asks Judge To Dismiss Lawsuit Against 2006 Law

2012-08-30 - Boston, United States.

The federal government asked a judge Wednesday to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a group of animal rights activists who say a rarely used 2006 law has a chilling effect on lawful protest activities. Five activists represented by the Center for Constitutional Rights sued the U.S. government last year, asking that the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act be struck down as unconstitutional.


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abstract

Genomic DNA Sequences from Mastodon and Woolly Mammoth Reveal Deep Speciation of Forest and Savanna Elephants

2010-12-23 - Boston, United States. Nadin Rohland, David Reich, Swapan Mallick, Matthias Meyer, Richard E. Green3, Nicholas J. Georgiadis, Alfred L. Roca, Michael Hofreiter, Department of Genetics, Harvard Medical School

To elucidate the history of living and extinct elephantids, we generated 39,763 bp of aligned nuclear DNA sequence across 375 loci for African savanna elephant, African forest elephant, Asian elephant, the extinct American mastodon, and the woolly mammoth. Our data establish that the Asian elephant is the closest living relative of the extinct mammoth in the nuclear genome, extending previous findings from mitochondrial DNA analyses


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death

Elephant Dondi Rescued From Thailand Dies At Southwick Zoo.

2010-07-29 - Boston, United States.

An Asian elephant rescued more than 30 years ago from a camp in Thailand has died at a local zoo. The animal, Dondi, died Wednesday morning at Southwick´s Zoo in Mendon. Dondi was rescued from a lumber camp in Thailand in April 1975 by Phil and Francine Schacht.


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book

Jumbo: The Greatest Elephant in the World, by Paul Chambers. The eventful life of Jumbo, the elephant whose fame was more than a match for his size

2008-03-02 - Boston, United States. James Sullivan

Anyone associated with Tufts University is well aware of the tale. The humble contents of an old Peter Pan Crunchy Peanut Butter jar that sits in the office of the university's athletic director represents the remains of one of the 19th century's biggest international celebrities. Jumbo, the prized pachyderm of P. T. Barnum, inspired the nickname of the college's sports program when the famed showman donated the mounted hide of his main attraction to the school in 1889. Stuffed Jumbo stood proud...


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pictures
An elephant eating in South Africa.

As high as an elephants eye. The story behind a photo of a young elephant in South Africa.

2007-09-24 - Boston, United States. Andy Nelson

A friend of mine in Oregon, Michael Wilhelm, is a nature photographer, and he once told me, I don't want to just take pictures of animals, I want to capture their behavior. His words rang in my head when I was recently in South Africa and encountered a young elephant and his family. I think elephants are amazing and shot plenty of pretty pictures of this animal and of the herd as they were walking.


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welfare

Pipe fitter, senator push to regulate treatment of circus elephants.

2007-01-29 - Boston, United States. Andrew Ryan

State Senator Robert L. Hedlund insists that he is not a crusader. Nor, the Weymouth Republican hastens to add, is he a "vegetarian or anything." "It's just the further I got into this thing, the more appalled I became," Hedlund said today in a telephone interview. Hedlund is talking about elephants. Since late 2004, he has been pushing a bill on Beacon Hill to toughen the training and cruelty standards for circuses that bring elephants to Massachusetts.


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people
Mark and Delia Owens, zoologists and authors of "The Cry of the Kalahari" and "The Eye of the Elephant." Their most recent book is "Secrets of the Savanna."

Saving the African Elephant (Rebroadcast)

2006-12-27 - Boston, United States. Tom Ashbrook

When the poachers came into Zambia's Luangwa National Park, they were deadly effective and completely merciless. Then came a UN crackdown on the ivory trade and Mark and Delia Owens. The American zoologist couple had written "Cry of the Kalahari," and been thrown out of Botswana.


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smuggle

Online ivory, an elephant-size problem

2004-10-14 - Boston, United States. Mark Clayton, The Christian Science Monitor

Masquerading as Internet buyers, TRAFFIC investigators found that sellers of
ivory on Internet "stores" regularly ship elephant ivory to the US via
express-delivery services - often falsely labeling the shipment with such
euphemisms as "bone carving." That exquisite little carved-ivory elephant for sale on eBay is described as
a Chinese antique. Then again, it could be an illegal piece of tusk from an
African elephant shot last year. That's the quandary Interne...


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9 Headlines about Elephants from Boston2016-09-16 - Boston, United States - Elephant history rewritten by ancient genomes DNA from extinct species forces rethink of elephants’ family tree 2012-08-30 - Boston, United States - Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act: U.S. Asks Judge To Dismiss Lawsuit Against 2006 Law 2010-12-23 - Boston, United States - Genomic DNA Sequences from Mastodon and Woolly Mammoth Reveal Deep Speciation of Forest and Savanna Elephants 2010-07-29 - Boston, United States - Elephant Dondi Rescued From Thailand Dies At Southwick Zoo. 2008-03-02 - Boston, United States - Jumbo: The Greatest Elephant in the World, by Paul Chambers. The eventful life of Jumbo, the elephant whose fame was more than a match for his size 2007-09-24 - Boston, United States - As high as an elephants eye. The story behind a photo of a young elephant in South Africa. 2007-01-29 - Boston, United States - Pipe fitter, senator push to regulate treatment of circus elephants. 2006-12-27 - Boston, United States - Saving the African Elephant (Rebroadcast) 2004-10-14 - Boston, United States - Online ivory, an elephant-size problem

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