BBC EARTH NEWS: Axolotl verges on wild extinction; Matt Walker, Editor Earth News.
"The amphibian that never grew up is on the verge of going extinct in the wild. New survey work suggests that fewer than 1,200 Mexican axolotls remain in its last stronghold, the Xochimilco area of central Mexico. The axolotl is a type of salamander that uniquely spends its whole life in its larval form..."
REUTERS: Mexican salamander may yield clues for amputees, Mica Rosenberg.
"Scientists are genetically modifying a bizarre looking Mexican salamander, which according to ancient mythology is a transformed Aztec god, in the hope its ability to regenerate body parts will one day help human amputees..."
THE NEW YORK TIMES: On Capital’s Edge, Gardens That Once Fed an Empire, Elisabeth Malkin
"Five hundred years on, it still takes a canoe to reach the fields that fed this city when it ruled a great empire. On the map, Xochimilco’s gardens are a tiny wedge of green in the southern reach of the Mexican capital’s expanding urban sprawl. Along the area’s maze of canals, the raised farming beds are the last living vestige of the city’s Aztec past..."