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Top 10 new species announced for 2015

Peter Griffin posted in on May 22nd, 2015.

A cart wheeling spider, a wasp with a killer maternal instinct and a feathered dinosaur are just some of the weird and wonderful organisms included in the top 10 new species of 2015, announced by the International Institute for Species Exploration this week. The Top 10 list was started by the Institute in 2008 to increase public awareness […]

Kiwi scientist judges “Top 10 new species” of the year

John Kerr posted in on May 24th, 2012.

A New Zealand scientist has helped select the “Top 10 new species” of the year, with winners announced by Arizona State University today.  These include the “walking cactus”, a monkey that sneezes when it rains, a blue tarantula, the “wandering leg sausage” millipede, and other bizarre, fascinating creatures and plants. The panel received 200 nominations – […]

Biodiversity – how much remains to be discovered?

Dacia Herbulock posted in on December 17th, 2008.

For more than 200 years, countless scientists have devoted themselves to the task of elaborating and cataloguing in minute detail the extraordinary diversity of life on this planet. Not all of it’s been glamorous work. Some have spent 40 years studying the varieties of a particular weed; others a career describing barnacles. But despite the […]

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