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Masters Of Disguise: Meet The Masquerading Spider

(SPIDERS/ANIMAL SCIENCE) Matjaz Kunter, an investigator with the Evolutionary Zoology lab, accidentally stumbled upon a new species of spider. This unnamed arachnid disguises itself as a dead leaf, dangling in the wind. Researchers found that the spider’s back resembles a living, green leaf, while their underside is brown. In fact, their camouflage is so brilliant, […]

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A new deep sea species is classified in its own order. Photo credit: nachrichten.freenet.de

Deep-Sea Discovery: New Species Comes To Surface

(OCEANS/SPECIES DISCOVERY) After four years of research by the American Natural History Museum, what was thought by researchers to be the world’s largest sea anemone has now been classified as the first species in a new order of animal, Cnidaria. The new order is “a classification equal to Carnivora in mammals or Crocodilia in reptiles,” […]

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“Harry Potter” Wasps: Real Life Dementors?

(INSECTS/NEW SPECIES) The newest species of wasp discovered in Thailand received it’s official name after the Natural History Museum in Berlin hosted a public vote. The name Ampulex dementor, inspired by J.K. Rowling’s “dementor” characters in the Harry Potter series was chosen to reflect the wasps’ practice of sucking the life out of cockroaches, much like the dementors […]

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Dolphin Discovery Rises To Surface

(OCEANS/ANIMAL SCIENCE) Scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) discovered a new species of humpback dolphin off coast of Australia. This find is a huge step in the efforts to conservation  marine life. Humpback dolphins are considered threatened in some waters, and the discovery of this new species will help in the conservation of the humpback dolphins. Keep reading to […]

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Australian "Lost World" Unveils Three New Species

‘Lost World’ Expedition Unearths New Species

(WILDLIFE/ANIMAL DISCOVERY) AUSTRALIA — A recent expedition to the previously unexplored territory dubbed the “Lost World” of Australia has already unveiled three new species believed to be one million years old.The journey was made by a team of researchers, scientists, filmmakers, and photographers, all of whom were united by an innate curiosity to delve into […]

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<p>Spectacled Owl found using INaturalist.Org</p>
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GoogleMaps: Conserving Wildlife From Your Computer

(WILDLIFE CONSERVATION) While most people use GoogleMaps for finding their friends house or looking at prospective property, iNaturalist.org has found an innovative way to use the device to observe the wild. iNaturalist lets you discover new species and record them, creating a tracking guide for all living creatures. Not only is it a fun way […]

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<p>Smithsonian scientists discover a new carnivorous mammal species in the western hemisphere called the olinguito. PHOTO CREDIT: Smithsonian.com</p>

Meet the World’s Latest Animal Discovery

(ANIMAL DISCOVERY) The animal kingdom got a lot cuter this week, thanks to researchers at the Smithsonian. The Museum of Natural History announced a new species of mammal on Thursday called the olinguito. A member of the raccoon family, the olinguito was discovered in the treetops of South America’s Andes mountain range. Dr. Kristofer Helgen, the […]

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<p>Smithsonian scientists discover a new carnivorous mammal species in the western hemisphere called the olinguito. PHOTO CREDIT: Smithsonian.com</p>

New Animal Found: How’d We Miss This Cutie?!

(ANIMAL DISCOVERY) The Animal Kingdom welcomes a new member to it’s family. For the first time in thirty-five years, scientists from the Smithsonian Institute discovered a new species of carnivore mammal called the olinguito. Weighing only two pounds, the smallest member of the raccoon family lives in the treetops of the Andes Mountains. For decades, […]

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<p>The new fish species, the Hopbeard Plunderfish. Photo Credit: Gennadiy Shandikov and Richard Eakin/Zookeys</p>

New Species Discovered In Antarctica

(ANIMAL SCIENCE) A new species of fish was discovered by Ukrainian mariners on a fishing trip near Antarctica in 2009. The new fish known as the hopbeard plunderfish, was discovered when the fishermen were attempting to catch Antarctic Toothfish. The discovery was recently publicized in a ZooKeys study this April and describes how the strange brownish splotched […]

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Jeepers Creepers! Massive Spider Discovery

(ANIMAL DISCOVERY) A tarantula the size of a human face has just been discovered in Sri Lanka. Scientists are pretty sure the tarantula belongs to the genus Poecilotheria, but are still hoping to run some DNA tests. Poecilotheria rajaei is venomous, fast, and quite large. The rare spider lives in old trees, but sadly its now facing habitat […]

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<p>A modern crinoid in the Gulf of Mexico. Photo Credit: NURC/UNCW and NOAA/FGBNMS</p>

Oldest Living Molecules Uncovered

(SCIENCE) Can you name anything that is hundreds of millions of years old and is still alive? Scientists can. Crinoids, which are spindly sea creatures, have molecules that function as defensive toxins and pigments called quinones. Scientists have discovered ‘living’ quinone-like molecules salvaged from 350-million-year-old crinoid remains. These findings help disprove the prior consensus that […]

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<p>The new species on Lombok - the Rinjani scops owl (Otus jolandae). Photo Credit: Philippe Verbelen</p>

New Owl Species Identified In Indonesia

(ANIMAL DISCOVERY) Researchers on the lookout for a nocturnal bird in Indonesia have accidentally stumbled upon a new owl species believed to exist nowhere else in the world. Unique to the island of Lombok, the Rinjani Scops owl was first identified in 2003 but the discovery was not published for 10 years due to the large […]

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<p>A suspected New Guinea Singing Dog was spotted after 23 years in Indonesia. Photo Credit: Tom Hewitt via National Geographic </p>

Rare Singing Dog Spotted In Indonesia

(ANIMAL CONSERVATION) NEW GUINEA — Thought to be extinct, the rare, New Guinea singing dog was recently spotted after being unseen for 23 years. A group hiking the Mandala Mountain in West Papua, Indonesia found themselves face to face with what looked like the Australian Dingo’s canine relative in September of this year. Continue reading to […]

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Scientists Discover Real Life Yoda

(ANIMAL SCIENCE) Scientists have recently come across a new type of acorn worm, and they have named it after America’s favorite Star Wars character, Yoda. The reddish-purple worm was discovered approximately 1.5 miles beneath the surface of the Atlantic Ocean. The creature has large lips on both sides of its head, reminding researchers of the […]

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