Why West African lions don’t avoid hunting areas

Images from camera traps show West African lions venturing out of protected areas and closer to humans. Researchers have an idea why.

Jim Erickson-Michigan
April 2, 2020 | futurity

~7 mins

Tags: earth-and-environment featured cats conservation endangered-species hunting national-parks predators west-africa

Dragon lizard is a brand new species in the Smaug family

Researchers have found a new species in the Smaug genus, named for the deadly dragon in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit.

Natalie van Hoose-Florida
March 26, 2020 | futurity

~8 mins

Tags: science-and-technology africa climate-change conservation lizards

These ostrich eggshell beads were social currency

People traded beads made from ostrich eggshells in vast exchange networks in Africa, researchers find. The practice was a way to maintain relationships.

U. Michigan
March 11, 2020 | futurity

~7 mins

Tags: society-and-culture africa ancient-history anthropology birds jewelry money shells

Tropical nations aren’t ready for fish stocks to vanish

As climate change drives huge changes in fish stocks around the world, the nations that rely on them could be in serious trouble.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara
Feb. 25, 2020 | futurity

~7 mins

Tags: earth-and-environment climate-change economics fish fisheries north-africa oceans sustainability

Hunting elephants is really bad for termites

A tiny termite might see an elephant's foot as a threat but losing herbivores to hunting may cause even more problems for them.

Jeff Falk-Rice
Dec. 3, 2019 | futurity

~6 mins

Tags: earth-and-environment africa conservation ecosystems insects rainforests termites

Is the Ebola emergency declaration in Congo too late?

Last week, the World Health Organization declared the year-long Ebola outbreak in Congo a global health emergency. Did they wait too long?

Boston University
July 22, 2019 | futurity

~1 mins

Tags: health-and-medicine ebola epidemics viruses west-africa

Precolonial history may predict conflict in sub-Saharan Africa

New research explores the likelihood of violence in postcolonial sub-Saharan African countries.

Sandra Knispel-U. Rochester
July 5, 2019 | futurity

~6 mins

Tags: society-and-culture ethnicity government history sub-saharan-africa violence

Medieval Africans had a great way to purify gold

Archaeology and materials science confirm the "pure gold" coins of medieval West Africa. "...the process used to refine gold in Tadmekka is real."

Megan Fellman-Northwestern
June 3, 2019 | futurity

~4 mins

Tags: science-and-technology society-and-culture archaeology gold history money west-africa

DNA from 41 skeletons hints at first herders in Africa

DNA evidence from ancient skeletons is beginning to tell the complex story of herding and farming in East Africa.

Gregory Filiano-Stony Brook
May 31, 2019 | futurity

~5 mins

Tags: society-and-culture agriculture food livestock skeletons sub-saharan-africa

Conservation agriculture isn’t one-size-fits-all

"If you're a poor farmer in Africa, you're not going to wait several years to get positive returns. You're just worried about getting through this year."

U. Arizona
May 20, 2019 | futurity

~5 mins

Tags: earth-and-environment agriculture climate-change farmers rural-communities sub-saharan-africa sustainability

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