Sad Last Stand of the Woolly Mammoth

SCIENCE A new study indicates a small breeding population may have doomed the last woolly mammoths, a theory that could change how we think about conservation efforts today. (Christian Science Monitor) Should we resurrect the woollies? How would we maintain the genetic diversity that is crucial to healthy populations? Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit, including today’s … Continue reading Sad Last Stand of the Woolly Mammoth

Researchers Save Albino Redwood

ENVIRONMENT For decades, a redwood tree has grown in Cotati, California. Mixed among its normal green needles are ghostly patches of yellowish white. It was little noticed by most people—until officials announced that the tree had to be chopped down. Now arborists, researchers, and historians have banded together to save it. (National Geographic News) Use our resources to better understand albino redwoods. Discussion Ideas Albinism … Continue reading Researchers Save Albino Redwood