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Tambeling regains confidence, hot hand to lead Tanduay

first_imgMOST READ View comments LATEST STORIES LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade English football club Lewes FC commits to pay male, female players equally End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend “That was my thinking when I got here, that I’m with a lot of scorers. (Lester) Alvarez, (James) Martinez, (Jerwin) Gaco, every one can score here,” he said. “But coach told me that we can’t score if we can’t execute on defense, and once we show that effort, that’s the time when we can finally score.”Luckily for Tambeling, Chongson has been generous in boosting his confidence as he finds his niche in the team’s flow.“In our past games, I was struggling because I still didn’t have the confidence. But right now, I think that I’m getting in the same groove of my teammates and I can feel their trust on me,” he said.Tambeling, though, acknowledged that he still has a lot to work on before he makes the jump to the pros, giving himself at least one more year in the amateur ranks as he expects to figure on a go-to guy role in PCU this coming NAASCU season and a vital cog for Tanduay in the future.“I think I still need time. I feel I still lack parts on my game and I need to work on those. I still need to be confident and be consistent with my game,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Von Tambeling. PBA IMAGESIt has been four years since Von Tambeling last made waves in the amateur ranks.Once an upstart guard for Letran under coach Caloy Garcia, Tambeling slowly faded into the shadows as he left the hollowed walls of Muralla and transferred to Philippine Christian University.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:16SEA Games: Didal, Means assure PH of 1-2 finish in Game of Skate01:54SEA Games: Tabugara delivers wushu gold for PH01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer But slowly, the 6-foot guard has rebuilt his confidence, rekindling fire in him with his new school before getting his feet wet anew in the PBA D-League with Tanduay.And on Thursday, Tambeling felt like a rock star once again, leading the Rhum Masters’ smashing 111-86 victory over Batangas to help his side inch closer to a playoffs spot in the 2017 Foundation Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“I just focused on what coach has been telling me. He said he got me for my scoring and for my effort, so I had to do my part,” the 25-year-old said in Filipino, just minutes after pouring 28 points, five rebounds, and three steals in his best game to date with Tanduay.Tambeling admitted that he couldn’t help but feel shy seeing the caliber of his teammates in the Rhum Masters camp. But all he needed was to heed coach Lawrence Chongson’s words and do his part in the team’s system. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’last_img read more

January 19, 2020 0

Michigan ends top-seeded Spartans’ 13-game winning streak

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Michigan State: Played well for roughly 20 minutes in two tournament games. “They’ve done the things they’ve needed to do over a long period of time,” Izzo said. “And I’m going to keep that in mind, not panic over a loss when it’s your rival.”UP NEXTMichigan: Plays Purdue in a game that will give the winner the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The other will get an at-large bid on Mar. 11 .Michigan State: Watches the NCAA Tournament selection show to find out who it is playing. Michigan forward Moritz Wagner (13) reacts as time winds off the clock at the end of an NCAA Big Ten Conference tournament semifinal college basketball game against Michigan State, Saturday, March 3, 2018, in New York. Michigan won 75-64. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)NEW YORK — Michigan was the best team in the Big Ten Conference at tournament time last year, and things aren’t changing.Mo Wagner scored 14 of his 15 points after a dreadful first half and fifth-seeded Michigan moved within a game of its second straight Big Ten Tournament title with a 75-64 victory over top-seeded Michigan State on Saturday, ending the No. 2 ranked Spartans’ 13-game winning streak.ADVERTISEMENT GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings One-handed prospect posts 20-rep bench press Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Michigan was just too balanced and quick for Michigan State.The difference was the second half. Wagner got going and the Wolverines lit up the Spartans’ defense, hitting 12 of 18 from the field and making 20 of 27 free throws in the final 20 minutes.Michigan coach John Beilein had a great motivational speech for Wagner, who was 0-for-7 from the field in first 20 minutes.“Hey, Mo, are you going to make a shot?, Beilein recalled saying. “Because right now you’re stinking the place up. Just make one shot.”Wagner, who finished 4 of 14 from the field, laughed when it was mentioned.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “Coach and I have a really good relationship,” said Wagner, who stood in front of the Michigan fans after the game and repeated waived his arms to encourage the celebration. “He can say that. That’s fine. He told me to pick it up a little bit and make plays.”Miles Bridges had 17 points to lead Michigan State before fouling out late. Jaren Jackson Jr. added 13 and Cassius Winston had 11, but the Spartans only crossed into double figures with the Michigan band revving the Maize and Blue faithful at Madison Square Garden with yet another version of “Hail To The Victors.”“Our mood is we’re really mad, but like I said, we’re not going to let it affect us in the future,” Bridges said.This was a rivalry game that both teams wanted and it showed in the opening minutes. There were two scrums after hard fouls, a technical foul was called against the Spartans’ forward Nick Ward and referee Gene Steratore — yeah, the guy who led the officiating crew at the Super Bowl — lectured both Tom Izzo of Michigan State and Beilein after the nonsense. And that was just in the opening 4:24.Michigan trailed 29-26 at the half, but used a 10-2 burst to open the second half and take a 36-31 lead it never lost.Wagner had three baskets and a free throw, with a drive to the hoop seemingly getting him going.Michigan State would get within two points a couple of times and was within 50-47 when Bridges hit a 3-pointer with 8:28 to go. However, Abdur-Rahkman and Simpson sandwiched layups around a missed jumper by Bridges to ignite a 7-2 spurt that Robinson capped with two free throws for a 57-49 edge with 5:23 left.Michigan State never got closer than five points the rest of the way.BIG PICTUREMichigan: Hitting stride late once again. UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Senior swingman Duncan Robinson said this year feels like 2017 when the Wolverines won the tournament as the No. 8 seed, the lowest seed to win the event.“I think coming down the stretch in that championship game and how it felt, I think all the guys want that again more than anything,” said Robinson, one of five players in double figures in the eighth straight win for No. 15 Michigan (27-7). “We are one step closer, but we still have to stay locked in on the task at hand.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkMichigan will play third-seeded Purdue (28-5) on Sunday as the five-day tournament ends at Madison Square Garden. The No. 8-ranked Boilermakers, who edged Michigan twice in the regular season by a combined five points, beat seventh-seeded Penn State 78-70 in the second semifinal.Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman and Zavier Simpson also had 15 for the Wolverines, who were also the last team to beat Michigan State (29-4), when they did it on Jan. 13. Robinson added 13 points off the bench and Charles Matthews had 12. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View commentslast_img read more

January 19, 2020 0

Goldmans are going after O.J.’s residuals

first_imgIn a new attempt to get some of the estimated $40 million O.J. Simpson owes them, the family of slaying victim Ron Goldman subpoenaed several Hollywood groups on Monday to get information on money the former football star may have received for past TV and film appearances. The subpoenas demand records kept by the Screen Actors Guild, the Producers Guild of America and the American Federation of Television Radio Artists. Lawyers for Goldman’s father, Fred, say they believe the records will show how much in residual payments Simpson has received for appearing in “The Towering Inferno,” the “Naked Gun” film series, and several TV shows. They said records could also show where the money has gone. “We’ve all seen `Naked Gun’ repeatedly on cable. Each time it’s shown again, his residuals add up,” said Goldman’s attorney, David J. Cook. “This is a matter of turning every stone.” Representatives for SAG and AFTRA said they haven’t received the subpoenas and couldn’t comment. A call to a Producers Guild spokesman was not immediately returned Monday. The Goldman family has been in a decade-long battle to get the money following a 1997 civil judgment that held Simpson liable for the deaths of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend, Ron Goldman. Fred Goldman alleges Simpson is trying to avoid paying the $33.5 million judgment, which has ballooned to about $40 million with interest. A state judge last month issued a restraining order barring Simpson from spending or moving any earnings from past deals, including books, films, and sports memorabilia. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Gerald Rosenberg’s ruling later applied to the advance Simpson may have received for his unpublished book, “If I Did It.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

January 11, 2020 0

Convicted PR exec sues old employer

first_imgA former public relations executive convicted of overbilling the city and other clients by more than $300,000 filed suit Thursday against his one-time employer to recover $3 million in legal fees. Doug Dowie, convicted in May of padding invoices to the Department of Water and Power when he was head of the Fleishman-Hillard offices in Los Angeles, said the company had promised to pay all his legal bills after insisting he hire the firm of Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher to represent him. “The principal attorneys assigned to him … charged $665 an hour and $545 per hour … and (Dowie) would not have retained them but for the promise that Fleishman-Hillard would pay their fees, inasmuch as he would otherwise be wholly unable to afford such representation,” the lawsuit said. The company paid Dowie’s legal fees until he was indicted on federal charges in June 2005. Dowie’s suit also seeks an unspecified amount for emotional suffering and punitive damages. Rich Jernstedt, a spokesman for Fleishman, said the company could not comment on the suit but that company officials believe they had acted properly with Dowie. (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “By then, (Dowie) had been fired from his job with Fleishman-Hillard, was impecunious and financially unable to engage new counsel,” the lawsuit said. “He thus was effectively forced to remain with Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher as his attorneys, despite the monumental debt which he immediately began to incur.” Fleishman-Hillard agreed to pay the city $6 million to settle the case against it, but it refused to continue to pay Dowie’s attorneys, the suit said. Dowie and another Fleishman executive, John Stodder, were convicted after a five-week trial; Dowie was sentenced to 42months and Stodder to 15months in federal prison. Both are scheduled to begin serving their sentences in March. last_img read more

January 11, 2020 0

Zidane and the other managers who could not stay away

first_img0Shares0000Zinedine Zidane is set for a dramatic return to Real Madrid less than a year after leaving the club © AFP/File / GENYA SAVILOVPARIS, France, March 11 – Zinedine Zidane has returned as Real Madrid boss, just over nine months after walking out on the club following a third consecutive Champions League triumph.Here, AFP Sport takes a look at managers who returned to their former clubs: Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid)2016-18, 2019-Zidane enjoyed a remarkable start to top level management after being appointed in 2016, steering the club for whom he starred as a player between 2001 and 2006 to an unprecedented three successive Champions Leagues.He also guided Madrid to a league crown at the Bernabeu in 2017 but a year later the Frenchman quit just days after the club claimed a record-extending 13th European title. Now he returns to replace Santiago Solari, who was sacked after a disastrous week that saw Real knocked out of the Champions League and suffer league and cup defeats to Barcelona.Jupp Heynckes (Bayern Munich)1987-1991, 2009, 2011-2013, 2017-2018Jupp Heynckes won the 2013 Champions League during his third spell in charge of Bayern Munich © AFP / GLYN KIRKHeynckes has won four Bundesliga titles as Bayern coach — the first in 1989 and the most recent just last year.He left for a third time after sealing an incredible 2013 treble of Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup titles, and returned to lead Bayern out of a crisis in 2017 when Carlo Ancelotti was sacked.Kenny Dalglish (Liverpool)1985-1991, 2011-2012Dalglish returned in 2011, but saw captain Steven Gerrard sent off in his first game back in charge against Manchester United © AFP/File / PAUL ELLIS‘King Kenny’ became manager for a second time at Anfield in 2011, two decades after an emotional resignation following the Hillsborough disaster brought the end to his first, trophy-laden stint.Dalglish led the Reds to the 2012 League Cup, which remains their only trophy since 2006, but left at the end of the 2011-2012 season after a disappointing eighth-placed league finish.Fabio Capello (Real Madrid)1996-1997, 2006-2007Capello lasted only one season both times he coached Real Madrid, but also won two La Liga titles © AFP/File / BRU GARCIACapello led Real to the Spanish title in his first season in charge, and signed key players such as Clarence Seedorf and Roberto Carlos, only to be sacked.He returned to the Spanish capital 10 years later and helped Real end a four-year wait for a major title as he won La Liga in 2007, but was sacked again just weeks later.Marcello Lippi (Juventus)1994-1999, 2001-2004Lippi led China at the Asian Cup this month © AFP / Khaled DESOUKILippi won three Serie A titles and only the second Champions League crown in Juventus’ history in the 1990s, before leaving to join their great rivals Inter Milan.But it did not take long for him to return after being sacked by Inter, as he replaced Carlo Ancelotti in Turin, going on to take Juve to another Champions League final in 2003, where they lost on penalties to AC Milan.Matt Busby (Manchester United)1945-1969, 1970-71Matt Busby survived the 1958 Munich air disaster that wiped out his ‘Busby Babes’ © AFP/File / PAUL ELLISBusby was one of the game’s greatest ever managers, having survived the tragic Munich air disaster in 1958 that decimated his much-loved ‘Busby Babes’ side to help United become the first English winners of the European Cup 10 years later.He retired the following season, but briefly returned to the Old Trafford dugout after the sacking of Wilf McGuinness.Jose Mourinho (Chelsea)2004-2007, 2013-2015Mourinho was sacked for a second time as Chelsea manager in 2015 © AFP/File / IAN KINGTONMourinho won major titles in all three seasons of his first spell at Chelsea, and returned in 2013 amid great fanfare, declaring himself “the happy one”.He won the Premier League title in his second season back, but was sacked a second time after a catastrophic start to the Blues’ title defence in 2015.Leonardo Jardim (Monaco)2014-2018, 2019-Jardim was sacked as Monaco coach just three months ago, but has already returned to the Stade Louis II © AFP/File / PASCAL PAVANIJardim led Monaco to the 2017 French title and despite losing a host of key players, took his side to second place last season. He was then dumped and replaced by Thierry Henry after a dreadful start to the current campaign.However he returned just three months later to replace Henry, who was sacked in January after a dreadful run of results.Claudio Ranieri (Roma)2009-2011, 2019-New Roma boss Claudio Ranieri took Roma to within two points of the Serie A title in his first spell at the Stadio Olimpico © AFP / CHRISTOPHE SIMONFeted for his 2016 Premier League title win with Leicester City, on Friday Claudio Ranieri returned to his hometown team Roma, where in 2010 he almost pipped Jose Mourinho’s treble-winning Inter to the Serie A title.Trophy-starved Roma were top of the league at half-time on the final day of the season but fell short after Inter won at Siena, before losing the Coppa Italia final to Mourinho’s outfit. He resigned in February the following year amid a poor run of results.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

January 6, 2020 0

SHOCK REPORT! ‘Jurgen Klopp wants former Liverpool star back at Anfield’

first_img Pepe Reina in action for Napoli 1 Liverpool are exploring the possibility of bringing goalkeeper Pepe Reina back to the club this summer.The Merseysiders completed the signing of Loris Karius from Mainz last week for £4.7m but it is understood that Jurgen Klopp is open to adding the experienced Reina to his goalkeeping department.Reina left Anfield for Bayern Munich in 2014 following a season on loan at Napoli and subsequently returned to the Italian club in a permanent deal last summer.The Spaniard is firmly established as the No.1 goalkeeper in Naples but, according to Corriere dello Sport, the 33-year-old is tempted by a return to Liverpool.Reina was a fans’ favourite during his nine-year spell with the Reds and Klopp is keen on having the experienced stopper around to support Simon Mignolet and Karius.last_img read more

December 29, 2019 0


first_imgTHIEVES have raided the bank accounts of AIB customers in Co Donegal.The online scamsters have taken thousands of euro from customers by skimming their debit Visa cards.Three members of the same family in Donegal Town all lost money in the raids. “I lost 300 euro with AIB debit card, taken out from my account, my wife lost 240 euro and my mother lost 540 euro and I know of many others,” said one victim.“The banks phoned today to inform us and I just wanted Donegal Daily to issue a warning to other customers.“It appears the money was taken from our accounts and converted to American dollars before disappearing.“We fully expect to have the money given back to us by the bank.” He urged other customers of the AIB Donegal Town branch to check their accounts as soon as possible.“I know a lot of other people who have been victims of this,” he added. BANK WARNING AS THIEVES TARGET AIB DONEGAL CUSTOMERS was last modified: October 12th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AIBdebit card scamDonegal DailyDonegal Townonline thievestheftlast_img read more

December 24, 2019 0


first_imgA large protest rally is expected in Buncrana this Sunday against the proposed water charges.A large protest is expected in Inishowen this weekend against water charges.The protest has been organised by Sinn Fein and members of the public have been invited to voice their protests.Local SF Chairman, Ciaran McLaughlin said local party members will hold a number of protests against the imposition of water charges this Sunday 28th September at the Eddie Fullerton Dam, Illies at 2pm and later at the Market Square, Buncrana at 3pm. Mr McLaughlin said “Sinn Féin will continue to campaign against water charges and stand with those who oppose this unfair tax.“We opposed the establishment of Irish Water/ Uisce Eireann. We believe the money currently being spent on installing water meters should be re-directed into improving the antiquated water infrastructure, which is losing up to 40% of water in Donegal as a result of leaks”.“Water is a basic human right. Charging twice for water is wrong and Sinn Féin will resist it in Donegal and the rest of the 26 Counties as we did in the north. This is an issue which we will continue to be vocal on in local councils and in the Dáil.He added that sadly, this Government have thrown huge amounts of public money at Irish Water. They have received: · €450 million from the National Pension Reserve Fund to install meters· €600 million from the motor tax fund· €240 million from the last budget· €400 million from the Local Property Tax· Tens of millions of euro of public money spent on private consultants He continued “Fine Gael and Labour don’t have a clue. They have no idea what it is like for the vast majority of families out there who are struggling to survive. Many are living on less than €10 a week after bills are paid, they cannot afford to pay hundreds of euro a year for water.“Sinn Féin has made our position clear. We are opposed to water charges and we will reverse them in government. We have a strong track record on this issue. It was Sinn Féin Minister Conor Murphy who blocked domestic water charges in the North.“There is no acceptable reason for water charges. The government has a choice. They can either continue to help those at the top or they can ease the burden on struggling families. Sinn Féin has produced detailed costed proposals to prove there is an alternative to water charges.”Meanwhile Donegal Sinn Féin TDs Pearse Doherty and Pádraig Mac Lochlainn have stated that Sinn Féin in government will scrap water charges. They added that the public already pay for water through general taxation and that it is deeply unfair to heap the charge onto the shoulders of ordinary people who have borne the cost of austerity.They were speaking after the launch of Sinn Fein’s vision for water services today.The two local Deputies said “Sinn Féin in government will reverse water charges. These charges will only cause further hardship for families already struggling to make ends meet.“Bills for domestic water use will be issued from January in respect of the last quarter of this year. Effectively, the government will start double-charging households for water from the start of next month.“The average charge will be around €280. It beggars belief that this Government thinks that people can absorb yet another stealth tax for what is an essential service.“Water should be paid for through exchequer funding, non-domestic water charges, and the Local Government Fund. Sinn Fein would stop the roll-out of metering and invest in our water infrastructure by redirecting €539m from the national pension reserve fund towards a capital investment programme. This would include fixing the massive leakage problem and interruption to supply across the state”.BUNCRANA TO HOST PUBLIC PROTEST AGAINST WATER CHARGES was last modified: September 26th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:InishowenSinn Feinwater chargeslast_img read more

December 24, 2019 0

Transfer story of the day: Saints and West Ham want Mackie

first_imgThe Sun suggest that Southampton and West Ham are both interested in QPR’s Jamie Mackie and are considering tabling £1m bids for him.The Scotland forward signed a new contract at the end of last season, committing his future to Rangers until 2015.[poll id=”22″]See also: Southampton and West Ham want QPR man – reportFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

December 21, 2019 0

Amber Fossils Do Not Accurately Record Animal Diversity

first_imgA survey of arthropods trapped in tree sap shows that the unlucky ones do not represent an accurate cross section of the community.Creatures trapped in amber (fossilized tree sap) are among the most spectacular, because people can see all the details of wings, legs, and even microbes in the creatures’ stomachs. But is there an equal likelihood that the living things in an area where tree sap flows will eventually find themselves done in this way? Seven scientists tried to answer this question by studying which spiders and insects became trapped in tree sap on Madagascar. Their results just came out in PNAS, “Arthropods in modern resins reveal if amber accurately recorded forest arthropod communities.”It is not known whether the fossil content of amber accurately represents the arthropod biodiversity of past forests, and if and how those fossils can be compared with recent fauna for studies and predictions of biodiversity change through time. Our study of arthropods (mainly insects and spiders) living around the resinous angiosperm tree Hymenaea verrucosa Gaertner, 1791 in the lowland coastal forest of Madagascar, and arthropods trapped by the resin produced by this tree species, demonstrates that amber does not record the true past biodiversity of the entire forest. However, our results reveal how taphonomic [fossil-creating] processes, arthropod behaviors, and ecological relationships can influence arthropod death assemblages in resins and play a crucial role in controlling their taxonomic compositions.Suppose, for instance, there was one insect that had a habit of luring its enemies into tree sap. That’s fictional, but illustrates the problem: an overabundance of one type of insect cannot give a true indication of what was out there in a past forest community. Or suppose that a big wad of sap fell into an ant hill, or a termite mound, entombing a large number of the same kind of insect at one time. If the pieces of that resin subsequently broke up and scattered, a scientist today might think that the unobserved past forest had lots of that species. The results of this new survey show that behaviors, burial processes and habitats of amber fossils can strongly influence our picture of past biodiversity. This is known as “taphonomic bias.”Many factors might cause taphonomic bias. These include, but are not limited to,Which animals live on or near resin-producing treesThe odor of the sap, whether it attracts or repels creaturesThe ability of a creature to free itself from the resin once caughtBehavior of the speciesHabitat of the species (tree-dwelling, underground, aquatic)Body sizeWhich animals eat others before they can be trappedResin chemistry and viscosityBecause “limited research has been done on this topic,” Kraemer et al., compared the number and types of insects caught in resin, in sticky traps, and in “malaise traps” (nets) around Hymenaea, one of the more important resin-producing trees in the area. Some species known to be important in the ecology were not represented or were poorly represented in the resin. Butterflies and moths, for instance, are abundant in the forest but do not show up in the resin, nor do damselflies and some others, even though they show up in the malaise traps.Our results imply that the fauna recorded in amber or in Anthropocene resin is not a good representation of entire arthropod forest (paleo) communities, but instead is influenced by habitat and ecological biases. The modern resin in our samples mainly recorded biota living on, or having a close relation with, the resin-producing trees and the arthropods living there; thus important groups of arthropods abundant in the forests can be rare in resin assemblages. If the research focus is limited to the knowledge of the ancient resiniferous tree communities of arthropods, then amber contains a suitable fossil record. However, as trees are also protected from attacks by herbivores, those kinds of arthropods can be underrepresented. Nevertheless, the thanatocoenosis, or set of organisms that died together, constituted by faunal inclusions in resin, contains valuable data about the biology and ecology of the arthropods themselves, which is crucial for the reconstruction of paleohabitats and the study of the evolution of specific behaviors. Inclusions in amber and subfossil resin represent a relevant part of the forest biodiversity of the past. However, the entrapment is principally conditioned by some arthropod behaviors, especially scavenging, predation, microbivory, parasitism, and mating rituals that occur in the arboreal habitat, and herbivory.Some interpretations about biodiversity can be drawn, they indicate, if they are limited in scope to the types of tree-dwelling organisms likely to be caught in resin. These results, however, sound a cautionary tale about interpreting past habitats and diversity from amber alone.Other Sources of Error in Ecology and PaleontologyRethinking the umbrella species concept ( Some ecologists figure that certain species in a community influence so many others, they can be called “umbrella species.” The fate of the umbrella species influences the fate of the others that depend on it. If so, focusing conservation efforts on the umbrella species should help all the others, right? This article says that such an “appealing shortcut” can backfire:According to the “umbrella species” concept, preserving and managing habitat for a single high-profile species also benefits a whole suite of other species that share its habitat—but how well does this really work? Not all species that share the same general habitat necessarily have the same specific needs, and a new study from The Condor: Ornithological Applications finds that habitat management to benefit Greater-Sage Grouse in Wyoming can actually harm some of its songbird neighbors. 25 years of fossil collecting yields clearest picture of extinct 12-foot aquatic predator ( Could research on one fossil species be forgetting the lessons from amber? “After 25 years of collecting fossils at a Pennsylvania site, scientists at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University now have a much better picture of an ancient, extinct 12-foot fish and the world in which it lived,” the article boasts, but no complete fossil of Hyneria has been found. The fossil hunters bluff about evolution:All of the new information gleaned about Hyneria is doubly valuable because it provides more information about the ecosystem – and time period – it lived in. The Devonian was a pivotal time in vertebrate evolution, especially since some of Hyneria‘s fellow lobe-finned fish developed specialized fins that would take them onto land and eventually give rise to all limbed verterbates including reptiles, amphibians and mammals.“Hyneria lived in a time and place that is of incredible interest to those of us studying the vertebrate fin-to-limb transition,” Downs commented. “Each study like this one contributes more to our understanding of these ecosystems and what may have played a part in the successful transition to land.”The article seems to forget some important questions that challenge their interpretation. Lobe-finned fish alive today, like the Coelacanth, are living fossils that did not evolve into land animals, nor are their lobed fins used for walking. And is anyone asking how fish fossilized? Usually fish float and are picked apart by scavengers. To have 12-foot fish entombed in rock should say more about taphonomy than evolution. Besides, tetrapods already existed in this fish’s environment:Due to its sheer size, weaponry, and sensory abilities, Hyneria may have preyed upon anything from ancient placoderms (armored fish), to acanthodians (related to sharks) and sarcopterygians (lobe-finned fish, the group Hyneria belongs to) – including early tetrapods (limbed vertebrates) that are also found at the site.That seems to be an important question. Why were tetrapods found with ocean fish? Doesn’t that speak of a catastrophic burial and transport?Fossils do not interpret themselves. Worse than taphonomic bias is Darwinian bias. It colors the interpretation of any observation, forcing it into a world picture of slow, gradual progress. It asks the wrong questions, and provides wrong answers. Scientists can fool themselves according to their worldview. They can attempt to correct for known sources of bias, like in the amber research, but can never correct for the unknown sources of bias. There could be some hope if the public could bust open the fossilized consensus about evolution and let other qualified research in, unchained from obligatory obeisance to King Charles, free to think and question. It might end the bluffing extrapolation committed by all the downstream propagandists in the media and education. It might lead to more humility in science. Hasten the day. (Visited 437 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

December 19, 2019 0