2010 was named the International Year of Biodiversity by the UN, but that's no cause for celebration. Rather, it's a wake-up call, drawing attention to the fact that biodiversity has hit crisis mode. As reported in Science magazine, biodiversity has been in a rapid decline over the past four decades. This is due to a number of reasons, including human population growth and economic development, but also because a sense of alarm over the biodiversity crisis has been lacking.
In honor of this year of biodiversity, we're taking a look at some recently-discovered species-- from the world's longest insect to the smallest wallaby-- that just go to show how much incredible life exists out there that we are unaware of, and how vital it is to preserve it.