Thursday, July 17, 2008

extinction event for tasmanian devils

click on over to this Discovery Science article about contagious facial cancer - yes really - in Tasmanian Devils. scientists are calling it an "extinction event", as devils die off and survivors start reproducing at younger ages. the science types predict that the Devil will decrease in size, possibly becoming less able of competing with feral cats and other similarly-sized predators. boo!

Tasmanian Devil with facial tumors - horrible. apparently spread by those definitive deep-bites that devils exchange during the impassioned mating season.

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