Army Of Frogs Closes Greek Highway

An army of frogs forced the closure of a key northern highway in Greece for two hours.Giorgos Thanoglou, the Thessaloniki traffic police chief, said “millions” of the amphibians covered the tarmac on Wednesday near the town of Langadas, some 12 miles east of Thessaloniki.

“There was a carpet of frogs,” he said. Authorities closed the highway after three car drivers skidded off the road trying to dodge the frogs. No human injuries were reported.
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Pesticide Turns Male Frogs Into Females

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A commonly used pesticide known as atrazine can turn male frogs into females that are successfully able to reproduce, a new study finds.While previous work has shown atrazine can cause sexual abnormalities in frogs, such as hermaphroditism (having both male and female sex organs), this study is the first to find that atrazine’s effects are long-lasting and can influence reproduction in amphibians.

The results suggest that atrazine, which is a weed killer used primarily on corn crops, could have potentially harmful effects on populations of amphibians, animals that are already experiencing a global decline, said study author Tyrone B. Hayes of the University of California, Berkeley. Atrazine is banned in Europe.And since atrazine interferes with the production of the sex hormone estrogen, present in people and frogs, the findings could have implications for humans as well. “If you have problems in amphibians, you can anticipate problems in other animals,” Hayes said.
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Ecuador’s Yasuni National Park As One Of Most Biodiverse Places On Earth!!

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A team of scientists has documented that Yasuní National Park, in the core of the Ecuadorian Amazon, shatters world records for a wide array of plant and animal groups, from amphibians to trees to insects.The authors also conclude that proposed oil development projects represent the greatest threat to Yasuní and its biodiversity.“This study demonstrates that Yasuní is the most diverse area in South America, and possibly the world,” said Dr. Peter English of The University of Texas at Austin. “Amphibians, birds, mammals and vascular plants all reach maximum diversity in Yasuní.”

The study is published in the open-access scientific journal PLoS ONE.“We have so far documented 596 bird species occurring in Yasuni,” said English, a bird specialist. “That’s incredible diversity to find in just one corner of the Amazon rainforest and rivals any other spot on the planet.”Other specialists joined in to give the first complete picture of the extraordinary diversity found in Yasuní National Park.

“The 150 amphibian species documented to date throughout Yasuní is a world record for an area of this size,” said Shawn McCracken of Texas State University. “There are more species of frogs and toads within Yasuní than are native to the United States and Canada combined.”
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