‘Tunisian murder suspects escaped to Libya’


This video from Tunisia is about the many people at the funeral of murdered Leftist politician Chokri Belaid.

From Tunis Afrique Presse (Tunis):

Libya: ‘Two Suspects in Chokri Belaid’s Assassination Escaped to Libya’ – PPDU S-G

17 April 2013

Tunis — “Two suspects involved in the assassination of Chokri Belaid are now in Beni Walid (Libya)”, Secretary-General of the Unified Patriotic Democratic Party (PPDU) Zied Lakhdhar told TAP.

During the sit-in staged each Wednesday outside the Ministry of the Interior to claim truth about the assassination of Chokri Belaid, the Secretary-General of PPDU said “former Minister of the Interior Ali Larayedh and Tunisia’s Ambassador to Libya would be involved in the escape of the two suspects”.

Tunisian dinosaur age mammal tracks discovery


This video from the USA says about itself:

During Demise Of Dinosaurs, Early Mammals Had Reason To Smile

Although humans never walked with dinosaurs, some of our earliest ancestors seem to have done so. Dr. Gregory P. Wilson, an Adjunct Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology and Assistant Professor of Biology at the Burke Museum of the University of Washington, is the lead author of a study that was published in Nature, titled Adaptive Radiation of Multituberculate Mammals Before the Extinction of Dinosaurs. Wilson’s findings challenge a long-held notion that the Cretaceous-Tertiary (K-T) extinction event was the launchpad for mammalian evolution into a diverse and proliferative group.

From Cretaceous Research:

First report of mammal-like tracks from the Cretaceous of North Africa (Tunisia)

Michela Contessi

Abstract

This paper describes Cretaceous mammal-like tracks from southern Tunisia. The tracks, referred to the Cenomanian Kerker Member of the Zebbag Formation, are the first mammal-like footprints reported from the Cretaceous of North Africa. The good preservation of the two tracks and their distinctive morphology support their attribution to a mammalian trackmaker, although the limited available data prevents attribution to a specific ichnotaxon. Morphologically, the Tunisian tracks resemble those of modern Mustelidae, however, based on mammalian faunas in the Cretaceous of Africa, they probably have affinity with members of Multituberculate family. Theropod dinosaur and bird tracks occur on the same track-bearing layer. The sediments are interpreted as an arid tidal flat environment, suggesting that African mammals might have shared their environment with a diverse fauna of larger animals.

Highlights

► Two mammal-like tracks from the Cenomanian of North Africa are described here. ► Footprints described here represent the oldest evidence of mammals in Tunisia. ► Available data suggest affinities of the trackmaker with a multituberculate mammal.

Tunisian waterbirds news


This video says about itself:

Migration of Black kites and White Storks at Cap Bon, Tunisia between 24 &30 April 2009 with Bee-eaters, Egyptian vulture & Short-toed eagle.

From Tunis Afrique Presse (Tunis):

Tunisia: New Site On Ramsar List

25 January 2013

Tunis — The Complexe Lac de Tunis, a site covering 2,243 hectares including the Northern and Southern Lakes of the Tunis city, has been put on the Ramsar list as an important new Wetland of International Importance.

This was announced by Tunisia’s General Forests Department and World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) Tunisia as part of the project “Wetlands: A Habitat for Men and Nature.”

According to WWF, this site constitutes an ideal nesting ground for several waterbirds and wintering ground for migrating species, such as the Greater Flamingo, and offers a rich flora for several fish species.

Tunisia has 38 Ramsar sites covering 828,285 hectares, and two more sites are waiting to be added to the list in the coming days, according to information posted on “TunWet” website (a network of Tunisian environmental associations endeavouring for the protection of wetlands).

WWF Tunisia and the General Forests Department dedicated this designation to Dr. Luc Hoffmann, WWF co-founder and one of the “Founding Fathers” of the Ramsar Convention, on his 90th birthday (January 23).

Adopted in 1971 in Iran, the Ramsar Convention is an intergovernmental treaty that embodies the commitments of its member countries to maintain the ecological character of their wetlands of International Importance and to plan for the “wise use,” of sustainable use, of all of the wetlands in their territories.