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    Darwin's frog declared to be extinct

    Darwin's frog declared to be extinct
    November 21, 2013


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    Scientists from the Zoological Society of London and the Universidad Andrés Bello in Chile have declared the only two known species of Darwin's frog to be extinct in the Nov. 20, 2013, edition of the journal Public Library of Science.

    Chytridiomycosis, an amphibian disease caused by the fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, has produced the extinction of both the northern Darwin’s frog (Rhinoderma rufum) that was endemic to Chile and the southern Rhinoderma darwinii from Chile and Argentina.

    Darwin’s frogs have been studied since Charles Darwin first documented the frog’s existence during the voyage of the Beagle.

    Population studies have been continuously made since 1835. All 26 known populations of Darwin’s frogs were found to be infected with chytridiomycosis during an extensive survey from 2008 to 2012.

    Darwin’s frogs were unique in that the male guards the egg laid by the female and carries the tadpoles in its vocal pouch until the tadpoles are large enough to survive on their own.

    The demise of Darwin’s frogs is one of several examples of the effect of amphibian chytridiomycosis. The disease causes a swelling of the frog’s mouth and results in inefficient electrolyte transfer that leads to death by cardiac arrest.

    There is no known cure for amphibian chytridiomycosis.

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    Thats it then. the world is spiralling downwards now but i blame the French for noshing so many of their relatives.

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    bad news when those lil critters disappear.

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    Darwin would have approved.

    Some species die out and others emerge.

    Evolution

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    Its Global Warming whats done it in.More proof.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thormaturge View Post
    Darwin would have approved.

    Some species die out and others emerge.

    Evolution
    Yep. Extinctions happen all the time, mostly for reasons we can't yet fathom (or exploit politically).
    Just the natural order of things.

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    Yep, time to let the Panda go.

    The reason they are endangered is because they won't mate and, frankly, if they don't even like each-other why should we be bothered with them?

    I would rather see the money go on saving animals from the ravages of poaching: elephants, tigers, rhino etc.
    I see fish. They are everywhere. They don't know they are fish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thormaturge
    time to let the Panda go.
    ye, odd how they're so so brutal and cruel with all other animals
    and yet want the world to see how caring they are with an animal that
    isn't interested in mating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thormaturge View Post
    Darwin would have approved.

    Some species die out and others emerge.

    Evolution

    ....and yet, there are those very selected species [bipedal variety] that haven't evolved whatsoever.

    Darwin was a Christo/Euro-centric loon.
    Confounding to the ever-present references and standards that are continuously directed in his fashion.

    Contradictory and challenging design is vacant.
    Curiosity is lost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by billy the kid View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Thormaturge
    time to let the Panda go.
    ye, odd how they're so so brutal and cruel with all other animals
    and yet want the world to see how caring they are with an animal that
    isn't interested in mating.
    Very true. Wonder how much of an uproar there would be if someone started cutting live Panda's paws off and throwing them back to the ground to bleed to death?

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