From the BBC Scythian mummy shown in Germany:
The mummy was found in the snow-capped mountains by the team of scientists from Germany, Russia and Mongolia.
The man – who the archaeologists believe was a nobleman – was dressed in a fur coat and wrapped into sheep’s wool lining that was in remarkably good condition.
Two horses with saddles and weapons and also vessels were also found in the burial mound, or kurgan.
The archaeologists say they were placed in the tomb to accompany the warrior into the next life.
From Science Daily:
A Wandering Eye: Single Cells Come Running To Form An Eye:
Eyes are among the earliest recognisable structures in an embryo; they start off as bulges on the sides of tube-shaped tissue that will eventually become the brain. Researchers from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg have now discovered that cells are programmed to make eyes early in development and individually migrate to the right place to do so.
Scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology have made an important step toward solving a critical puzzle relating to a chemical reaction that leads to DNA mutation, which underlies many forms of cancer. The research, which uncovers knowledge that could be critical to the development of strategies for cancer prevention and treatment, appears in the August 2006 edition (Volume 128, issue 33) of the Journal of the American Chemical Society.
In keeping with evolutionary theory, these selfish genetic elements, which spread at the expense of the organism, should engender counteracting elements that promote male survival, but until now scant evidence has linked the evolution of host suppressors to selfish elements that mediate male killing. However, in PLoS Biology, Emily Hornett, Greg Hurst, and colleagues report the first case of total suppression of male killing in a butterfly, Hypolimnas bolina, infected with the wBol1 strain of the male-killing bacterium Wolbachia.
Now, though, the isolation of the Galapagos is threatened by foreign species.
The archipelago is home to fishermen, a booming tourist industry and a growing number of migrants from the mainland.
Development has gone hand-in-hand with the arrival of foreign tortoises, turtles and even a monkey.
Officials are particularly worried about the newly discovered iguana which is probably a type which breeds rapidly and could compete with the indigenous varieties.
It almost certainly arrived in cargo and was missed by inspectors.
Other foreign animals in the Galapagos were introduced deliberately, only for their disastrous impact to be appreciated too late.
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