More than 350 species, including world’s smallest deer, discovered in Himalayas in past decade

Tiny deer among 350 new species found in Himalayas

KATMANDU, Nepal —The world’s smallest deer, a flying frog and catfish that stick to rocks — as well as more than 350 other species — have been discovered over the past decade in the Himalayas, making it one of the world’s most biologically rich regions, an environmental group said Monday.

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Travel briefs

New airline offers flights just for pets

DENVER (AP) — A new airline for pets is taking off with weekly flights to five airports across the country.

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Scientists say Myanmar fossil shows ancestors of humans, apes evolved from primates in Asia

Myanmar fossil may shed light on evolution

BANGKOK, Thailand — Fossils recently discovered in Myanmar could prove that the common ancestors of humans, monkeys and apes evolved from primates in Asia, rather than Africa, researchers contend in a study released Wednesday.

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Tiny East Timor seeks help to conserve vast whale, dolphin hotspot

Timor seeks help to protect whale, dolphin hotspot

DILI, East Timor — The government of East Timor says it plans to establish a national park to protect a bounty of dolphins and whales — some of them endangered species — recently discovered mingling and feeding off the coast of Asia’s youngest country.

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WWF study says pollution threatens survival of rare Irrawaddy dolphins in Cambodia, Laos

Study: Pollution killing rare Irrawaddy dolphins

BANGKOK — Pollution in the Mekong River is putting the rare Irrawaddy dolphin in danger of disappearing from Cambodia and Laos, according to a study by an environmental group released Thursday.

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Malaysian authorities rescue protected turtles, snakes hidden under garlic

Turtles, snakes smuggled under garlic in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — A wildlife official says Malaysian authorities have rescued more than 800 turtles and 160 protected snakes from being smuggled on a truck under a load of garlic to mask their smell.

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