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This Faceless Cusk was caught in the Jervis Bay Commonwealth Marine Reserve off New South Wales at depths of 4000 meters during the CSIRO RV Investigator voyage to the abyss. Photo Credit: John Pogonoski/CSIRO Australian National Fish Collection

Defying Depths For Unique Deep Sea Discoveries

(FISH/OCEANS) Do fish need eyes, or even a face? The unexplored waters off of Australia, which are 2.5 miles deep, are brimming with new species. Tom O’Hara and a team of researchers discovered creatures with new adaptations formed while living in these deep, dark waters. Navigating this abyss wasn’t easy, but the research is important […]

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Scientists Find New Fantastic Beast, Spider Inspired By Harry Potter

(SPIDERS/NEW SPECIES DISCOVERY) Scientists recently discovered a new hat-like spider species in Karnataka, India. Taking inspiration from the Harry Potter series, they named it Eriovixia gryffindori due to the arachnid’s striking resemblance to the magical Sorting Hat. Continue reading to learn more about this fantastic beast and it’s similarities to J.K. Rowling’s fictional character. — […]

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A Pacific fisher takes off running after being released into a forest at Mount Rainier National Park. Photo Credit: Elaine Thompson, AP

A Rare Revival: Special Species Returns To Washington State

(WILDLIFE CONSERVATION) Thanks to a 15-year repopulation effort, Pacific fishers are slowly making a comeback in Washington state. These weasel-like mammals’ numbers have steadily declined in the West Coast over the years, and reviving the species could improve the overall health of state forests while restoring a spiritual symbol to the local Nisqually Indian Tribe. As […]

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Photo Credit: Matjaz Kuntner

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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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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