A quarter of all ape species is threatened with extinction. Apes like the Chimpansee, the Bonobo, the Javan Lutung, the Wanderoe and the Nose ape are examples of threatened apes. A reason why apes are threatened, is that they are captured for human consumption. In some cultures, people think eating certain apes will provide magical powers or will raise their potency.
More alarming, the extinction of a group of apes can
be the beginning of extinction of another group. Apes spread
seeds of trees and plants of which other apes need to survive. If one group of
apes doesn't spread the seeds anymore, other groups may lose their
food supply. Seventy percent of all ape species are threatened
by a reduction of their habitat. Humans are directly or
indirectly responsible for this. Living area's are reduced because
of mining, roads, dams, farming and logging. Apes are increasingly threatened by inbreeding and
diseases, as well as regional and global trade in apes or ape-parts.
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Bacterial L-forms: An independent form of life that can multiply indefinitely
- Bacteria able to shed their cell wall assume new, mostly spherical shapes. Researchers have shown that these cells, known as L-forms, are not only viable but that their reproductive mechanisms may even correspond to those of early life forms.