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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 […]

Discovering all creatures great and small – not impossible

John Kerr posted in on January 25th, 2013.

Naming ALL animal and plant species on earth is a realistic goal, claim researchers who estimate that all such life could be catalogued by the end of the century. In a review published in Science, Associate Professor Mark Costello, from The University of Auckland, and colleagues rebuff pessimistic suggestions that discovering all of the world’s […]

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 – […]

NZ Herald: Ocean dwellers miss the census

Peter Griffin posted in on August 9th, 2010.

Geoff Cumming writes in the New Zealand Herald about a recent report which says that, at a time when our knowledge of marine biodiversity is crucial, our ability to identify new species is at its lowest since World War II. The report, part of the Census of Marine Life, highlights the importance of taxonomy (classification) […]

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