Archive for the ‘Extinct animals’ Category

Spanish mushrooms under threat

Monday, December 3rd, 2007

Climate change and excessive picking are threatening many species of mushrooms in Spain. The article notes the extinction of Laricifomes officinalis, last seen in 1917, as a precedent. (El Mundo)

Hyenas and zebras in Granada

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007

Intersting news item from the BBC on the existence of giant hyenas, sabretoothed cats, giraffes and zebras in Spain 1.8 million years ago.

“The creatures’ remains were among a vast fossil hoard unearthed at an ancient hyena den in Granada. The area appears to have been a crossroads where European animals mixed with species from Africa and Asia. About 4,000 fossils have been found at the unique site. They also include gazelles, wolves, wild boar and lynx. Read on the BBC + Project site here (Thanks Clive)

The brown hyena lived in Europe 1.8 million years ago