Tag: Africa

Elephant Poaching In Africa Sees A Decline But Animals Remain Threatened

Experts said elephant poaching in Africa declined but the animals still face many threats. However, Botswana, where the largest population of elephants can be found, has reinstated the hunting of elephants.

Animals May 30, 2019

Safari Tourists Scare Elephants And Make Them More Violent: Study

Researchers found that elephants get scared and show violent behaviors when more tourists are present in the safari. The study demonstrated that tourism can have a big impact on animals' welfare in the wild.

Animals March 21, 2019

Early Humans Not Responsible For Ancient Megaherbivore Extinctions In Africa, Says Study

Scientists absolved human ancestors from the mystery of the disappearance of megaherbivore species in Africa. Instead, the decline of global atmospheric CO2 caused by the expansion of grasslands might have killed many large mammals.

Ancient November 23, 2018

Underground US Market For Giraffe Parts Causing Significant Decline In Giraffe Numbers

The population of giraffes around the world is declining, but the United States continues to import parts from Africa. The Humane Society found an unregulated underground market for giraffe leather and bones in 21 states.

Animals August 26, 2018

Artifact Discovered In China Suggests Human Ancestors Left Africa Over 2 Million Years Ago

New artifacts discovered by researchers suggest that the early human migrated from Africa to China 270,000 years earlier than imagined. The scientists uncovered 80 artifacts that indicate that they were also used.

Public Health July 11, 2018

Humans Did Not Evolve From A Single Population In Africa, New Study Claims

A new study suggests that human ancestors were from more than one region in Africa. A team of researchers suggests that homo sapiens were not from just one single population but various others.

Public Health July 11, 2018

Remnant Of ‘Fireball’ Meteor Recovered In Botswana

A second fragment of the small asteroid crash on June 2 was recovered in Botswana. Here are more details from the 2018 LA asteroid and the remnant left by its bright crash across the African sky.

July 10, 2018

Climate Change And Drought Killing Trees Around The World Including The Ancient Baobabs Of Africa

Increasing temperatures and drought are killing trees worldwide. Species of trees impacted by climate change include the sequoias, pine trees, and possibly, the iconic baobab trees of Africa.

Earth/Environment June 13, 2018

Critically Endangered Mountain Gorilla Population Reaches 1,000, Largest Population To Date

Mountain gorillas are among the world's largest primates, and their population is under serious threat. The latest census shows that the species is beginning to recover.

Animals June 3, 2018

Wildlife Sanctuary Owner Mourns Death Of Four Big Cats Poisoned By Poachers

A wildlife sanctuary owner found that four of his big cats, including a very rare tiger cub, were poisoned by poachers. Poaching remains to be a big problem for the wildlife of Africa.

Animals May 26, 2018

Promiscuous Monkeys Create Hybrids By Mating With Other Species, Research Says

An anthropology professor discovered a new species of monkeys in Tanzania, Africa. According to her research, the monkeys were products of two different species that had been mating for thousands of years.

Animals April 25, 2018

Fossilized Dinosaur Species That Lived In The Pangaea Era Emerges After 252 Million Years

Paleontologists discovered fossils of what is believed to be the first generation of dinosaurs during the Triassic period. This data is valuable in understanding how species thrived at the time when the world had only one massive continent.

Animals March 29, 2018

Human Migration Rewritten? Oldest Known Human Fossil Outside Africa Discovered In Israel

The oldest early human fossil out of Africa has been discovered in a cave in Israel. Is it about time to rewrite the traditional 'out of Africa' theory?

Ancient January 27, 2018

Veteran South African Hunter Crushed To Death As Elephant Gets Gunned Down And Collapses On Him

Renowned big game hunting expert Theunis Botha died Friday, My 19, from being crushed by an elephant while on a hunt in Zimbabwe. Know the details of the unfortunate incident that occurred near Hwange National Park.

Animals May 23, 2017

No Place Is Safe: Poachers Are Emptying Key African Reserve Of Elephants

Poaching has slaughtered many forest elephants in Minkébé National Park in Africa in only a decade, killing roughly 81 percent of the population. And it was supposed to be one of the largest and most important preserves in Central Africa.

Animals February 21, 2017

Social Gains, Not Biological Logic, Drive Female Genital Mutilation: Study

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is widely practiced due to social and cultural gains, a new study has reported. The United Nations has reaffirmed its call to end the practice, which it dubbed a form of violence against women.

Public Health February 7, 2017

Mating With Neanderthals And Denisovans Helped Ancient Humans Survive Outside Africa

Modern humans owe several of their strengths such as immunity and skin color to the ancestors’ interbreeding with other human forms such as Neanderthals and Denisovans. This was revealed in a new study.

Ancient November 12, 2016

Neanderthal Genes Were Purged From Human Genome By Evolution

A new study highlights the reason behind the fading gene content of Neanderthals in humans despite historic interbreeding. The study says natural selection erased many deleterious genes from the human stock.

Ancient November 10, 2016

Your DNA May Be Traced Back To An Ancient African Exodus

How did ancient humans go on to disperse the population in different regions over thousands of years? A new study seeks to find a possible explanation.

Ancient September 22, 2016

Ebola Virus Genetic Material Can Survive In Semen For More Than A Year

Researchers have found that Ebola can remain in semen for more than a year. This means that survivors of the virus can play a critical part in reigniting outbreaks in regions that were once thought to be Ebola-free.

Public Health August 31, 2016

Rare Video Shows Elephants In Africa Mourning Their Queen

Can elephants feel emotion? That's something researchers have been trying to find out for years. However, a simple 15-minute video could shed light on the whole situation if researchers can find the link. This video shows elephants inspecting the body of their former Queen.

Animals August 31, 2016

Albino People Being Hunted In Malawi To Be Sold For Witchcraft Potions

Human rights groups warned against mounting albino killings in Malawi, where victims' body parts are sold and used in potions made by witch doctors for good luck and wealth.

Earth/Environment June 9, 2016

Had There Been No Global Cooling, Primate Evolution Could Have Continued In Asia: Study

Although primates evolved into humans, apes and monkeys in Africa, they first emerged in Asia. A new study suggests that had there been no global cooling, primates could have continued to evolve in Asia instead of Africa.

Ancient May 6, 2016

What Are Bizarre Fairy Circles Appearing in Australian Outback?

Fairy circles found in Australia are largely the same as similar features found in Africa. What causes these mysterious formations?

March 16, 2016

Deadline Looms For Africa's Food Supply Threatened by Climate Change

Staple crops planted in some areas in Africa are in danger due to the effects of climate change. By the end of the century some areas will be useless and farmers can't use them for agricultural properties.

Earth/Environment March 8, 2016

Huge Population Of Lions Found Hidden In Remote Ethiopia

The population of lions in Africa have been dwindling for the past couple of years. This is why the recent discovery of a hidden group of lions in Ethiopia has sparked hope for wildlife conservationists.

Earth/Environment February 2, 2016

Lioness Mmamoriri Has Mane And Roars Like A Male

BBC's new documentary 'World's Sneakiest Animals' kicked off on Christmas Day. The three-part documentary features sneaky survival skills that include a genetic mutation that led some lionesses to grow mane and roar like males to ward off predators and enlarge territorial area.

Earth/Environment December 27, 2015

World Bank Sets $16 Billion Plan To Help Africa Cope With Climate Change

The World Bank warned that 43 million more Africans could be pushed toward poverty by 2030 due to climate change. Recently it announced a $16 billion plan to assist the continent in adapting to and being protected from global warming effects.

Earth/Environment November 25, 2015

Study: HIV Spreads More Quickly As Armed Conflict Looms

Researchers have found that HIV has a tendency to spread much faster prior to periods of armed conflict than of peace. What could be at play?

Life November 13, 2015

First Malaria Vaccine May Save Thousands Of Lives, Study Suggests

Scientists believe that the world’s first malaria vaccine may save thousands of lives. Large-scale trials conducted in Africa proved the efficacy of the vaccine, researchers said.

Life November 9, 2015

Half Of African Lions Will Be Gone In 20 Years: What Could Happen When This Apex Predator Disappears?

Another study warned about the sharp decline of lion populations in Africa and its grave consequences. Extinction, for instance, would be irreversible and African lion extinction can trigger trophic cascades and other health and food supply problems.

Earth/Environment October 29, 2015

Genome Sequencing Of 4,500-Year-Old African DNA Helps Solve Mystery Of Ancient Mass Migration

Scientists at the University of Cambridge sequenced a 4,500-year-old genome in order to find out more information on a large migration of Wester Eurasians into the African continent that occurred around 3,000 years ago.

Animals October 9, 2015

Facebook Will Connect The Most Remote Parts Of Africa To The Internet Next Year

Facebook confirmed its team up with Eutelsat in a move to leverage satellite technologies that will allow more people from Africa to gain access to the Internet. The companies plan to launch the service in the second half of 2016.

Internet October 6, 2015

800-Foot High Megatsunami Swallowed Ancient Island In Africa 73,000 Years Ago

Researchers were able to discover that the large boulders on Cape Verde island were propelled by an 800-foot high megatsunami that happened 73,000 years ago. Despite the findings, the authors of the study emphasized that such events are not typical but still warrant close volcanic monitoring.

Earth/Environment October 4, 2015

Scientists Identify Genes That Protect African Children From Developing Malaria

Scientists have discovered a gene locus that makes some children in malaria-stricken countries resilient to the infection. The genes play a vital role in fighting off the disease.

Life October 2, 2015

Here's How The Obama Administration Plans To Cut HIV Infection In Africa

An additional $300 million budget was given to HIV/AIDS treatments in Africa.

Life September 29, 2015

Nigeria Wins Battle Against Polio: Here's How It Fought The Disease

Health workers in Nigeria braved potential militant group attacks to vaccinate children in remote areas. The African country also adopted innovative approaches that contributed to it becoming removed from the list of polio-endemic countries.

Life September 26, 2015

Xiaomi Finally Set To Launch In Africa This September

After much anticipation, Xiaomi is finally set to launch in Africa. The company has been somewhat of a success story since its launch in China, and will attempt to replicate its success by partnering with Mobile in Africa Limited as its distributor.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech August 24, 2015

Android One Expands To Six Countries In Africa

Android announced an expansion into Africa with the launch of its new Infinix HOT 2.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech August 18, 2015

Africa Celebrates Polio-Free Year But Much Remains To Be Done

A further two years of no new cases will be required to officially certify the continent polio-free, according to the UN. Eradication efforts began in 1988.

Life August 13, 2015

Africa Wins Over Polio: Health Experts Celebrate One Full Year Without New Polio Case

The World Health Organization has declared Somalia to be polio-free. Experts say this achievement is a powerful indication that the health sector of Africa is continuously improving.

Life August 12, 2015

Facebook Opening First Permanent Office In Africa: Here's Why This Is Crucial

Facebook is opening an office in Johannesburg, which will be led by South Africa's Ogilvy & Mather chairwoman Nunu Ntshingila. The region has a population of over 1 billion, but only 120 million of these people are on Facebook.

Business June 30, 2015

Climate Change Side Effect Brings Much Needed Rain To Parched African Regions

Africa is relieved to have some rain but not so much when it’s an after-effect of climate change. Researchers say the event is a clear indication of the impact of climate change on weather.

Earth/Environment June 5, 2015

Akon's Solar Power Initiative Aims To Bring Electricity To 600 Million People In Africa

Akon hopes to bring electricity to 600 million people in Africa with his 'Akon Lighting Africa' Solar Academy initiative.

Culture June 3, 2015

DNA May Have Solved Mystery Of Humans' Route 'Out Of Africa'

Genetic studies of modern African populations suggest early humans moved through Egypt on their way north into Europe and Asia. DNA offers clues to the genetic history of all Eurasians, researchers say.

May 28, 2015

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