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The Average Lifespans of Mammals

Mammals, though representing a small fraction of Earth's biodiversity, play indispensable ecological roles worldwide. Their contributions to ecosystem health, including pollination, seed dispersal, and predator-prey dynamics, are crucial. A recent visualization on the Voronoi app has captured attention by illustrating the average lifespans of mammals, drawing on data from Discover Wildlife and the United Nations . Human Lifespans on the Rise Mammals, defined by their warm-blooded nature and possession of hair or fur, nurture their young with milk from mammary glands. While some, like weasels, typically live only 1-2 years, others, such as elephants, can thrive for decades, and bowhead whales can live for over 200 years . Animal Average lifespan (years) Weasel 1 to 2 Hedgehog 3 Wolverine 12 Tiger 14 Brown bear 25 Lowland tapir 30 Western gorilla 35 Brandt's bat 41 Humans (1950) 47 Elephant

Oceanic Circulation at Risk

New findings suggest that the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC), a critical ocean current system shaping global climate and weather patterns, could be at risk of collapsing sooner than previously anticipated. Scientists from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, in a paper published on July 25, 2023, warn that the AMOC may cease to function between 2025 and 2095, primarily due to the impact of human-caused emissions. They predict a collapse as early as the 2050s, with a 95% confidence level, based on current emission rates, as reported in Nature Communications . The AMOC's significance lies in its role in moderating Europe and North America's climates and influencing Equatorial temperatures. Its potential collapse could mark the first breach of the 16 identified climate tipping elements, large-scale systems crucial for the planet's climate and ecology. These elements, including the AMOC, are susceptible to irreversible changes if global temperatures exceed

Range of wild turkey

The wild turkey, scientifically known as Meleagris gallopavo , is indigenous to North America, predominantly inhabiting forests and grasslands. Its range spans from southern Canada through the United States and into parts of Mexico. Historically, these birds roamed across all forested regions of North America, but their numbers sharply declined in the 19th and early 20th centuries due to hunting and habitat destruction. Conservation efforts, including reintroduction programs and habitat restoration, have played a significant role in revitalizing wild turkey populations in many areas. Today, they can be found in various habitats, such as forests, woodlands, grasslands, and swamps, where they feed on a diet of seeds, nuts, fruits, and insects. Estimating wild turkey populations is a complex task, and figures can vary depending on the source and methodology. Nonetheless, based on general estimates and trends, certain states, provinces, and regions in the United States, Canada, and Mexico

Alligator range in the United States

Alligators, which are sharp-toothed reptiles, are semi-aquatic creatures classified under the order Crocodylia, family Alligatoridae, genus Alligator. The genus Alligator comprises two known living species: the American alligator ( Alligator Mississippians ) and the Chinese alligator ( Alligator sinensis ). Additionally, there are several extinct species within the Alligatoridae family, including four known extinct species within the genus Alligator: Alligator mefferdi (native to North America, lived during the Pliocene epoch, about 5.3 million to 2.6 million years ago), Alligator olseni (native to Florida, lived during the Pleistocene epoch, about 2.6 million to 11,700 years ago), Alligator prenasalis (native to North America, lived during the Eocene epoch, about 56 to 33.9 million years ago), and Alligator mcgrewi (native to modern Nebraska, lived during the Early Miocene, about 23 to 16 million years ago). Alligators are apex predators known for their long lifespan of up to 5