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What dragonflies say about our ignorance of the natural world

The Conversation Africa | Posted 06.02.2016 | World
The Conversation Africa

Klaas-Douwe B. Dijkstra, Stellenbosch University Of the 8.7 million species of animals, plants and fungi thought to live on Earth, we have only named...

We Have Yet To Identify 99.999 Percent Of Earth's Species, Study Says

The Huffington Post | Chris DAngelo | Posted 05.04.2016 | Green

Just when we humans thought we knew a thing or two about our home planet, Mother Earth made sure to remind us we've barely scratched the surface. A ne...

This New Arctic Butterfly Species May Only Exist In Alaska

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 03.17.2016 | Science

A newly discovered butterfly species may be the only type of butterfly that can be found solely in Alaska. The Tanana Arctic butterfly (Oeneis tanana)...

This Adorable, 'Ghostlike' Octopus May Be A New Species

Reuters | Hilary Hanson | Posted 01.03.2017 | Science

NEW YORK, March 5 (Reuters) - An underwater research craft has spotted a "ghostlike" octopus that appears to belong to a previously unknown species at...

Who Knew?

Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D. | Posted 01.24.2017 | Science
Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D.

As I was reading about the evidence for the yet-unseen ninth planet, I thought to myself, "Wait a minute. Aren't there already nine planets?" I started listing them off, like you do when you're trying to remember the seven dwarves.

These 9 Discovered Species Made 2015 A Dinomite Year

The Huffington Post | Chloe Fox | Posted 12.19.2015 | Science

Most of us can only name a handful of dinosaur groups and species, namely those that were represented in "The Land Before Time." Dinosaurs like the A...

Newly Discovered Land Snail Is The Tiniest In The World

The Huffington Post | Eliza Sankar-Gorton | Posted 11.04.2015 | Science

Apparently, it's a snail-beat-snail world out there. Just a month after being crowned the smallest land snail in the world, the Chinese Angustopila do...

Tons Of Bizzare New Species Found In The Himalayas

The Huffington Post | Eliza Sankar-Gorton | Posted 10.11.2015 | Science

A blue-eyed frog. A snake with jewel-like skin. A cute little monkey that just can't seem to stop sneezing. What sound like fantasy creatures are actu...

Why I'm Naming a New Plant Species After The Martian

Dr. Chris Martine | Posted 09.28.2016 | Science
Dr. Chris Martine

Truth be told, while much of what my fellow botanists and I do is pretty cool (and often challenging), there isn't much that would find its way into a blockbuster hero film. That is, until now.

Behold This Glorious Multicolored Crayfish From Indonesia

The Huffington Post | Katie Sola | Posted 05.18.2015 | Green

Some crayfish are just cray. And then there's this one, which is the whole box of crayons. Christian Lukhaup, a German scientist, has officially id...

This Newly Discovered Frog Looks Exactly Like Kermit

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | Posted 04.22.2015 | Science

It's the perfect shade of green. And there's just something uncanny about the eyes. Kermit, is that you? A newly discovered species of glass frog h...

Los Angeles's 30 Newest Species

Aaron Pomerantz | Posted 05.25.2015 | World
Aaron Pomerantz

LOS ANGELES -- A recent study has revealed 30 previously unknown species of flies, living right here in the bustling city of Los Angeles. This is remarkable because we usually don't think of urbanized areas as being particularly biologically diverse. But our lack of information on urban environments has allowed for an interesting research opportunity. A few years ago, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County initiated a project called BioSCAN to search for biodiversity in heavily urbanized areas.

This New Tiny Creature Has... Elephant Genes?

Reuters | Posted 08.29.2014 | Science

By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) - A new mammal discovered in the remote desert of western Africa resembles a long-nosed mouse in appearance...

Family Makes Amazing Discovery | Posted 02.11.2014 | Green

When a booger bigger than your average middle schooler washed up on a beach in Tasmania in January, the family who walked by it while collecting shell...

3 Awesome Things We Learned About Plants in 2013

Dr. Chris Martine | Posted 03.06.2014 | Science
Dr. Chris Martine

A brand new cell part that flavors wine, a flower that depends on "footlong" moth tongues and a list of about 1,000 new species are the stories that topped my list of the most impressive things we learned about plants last year.

LOOK: Hundreds Of New Species Found In The Amazon

Posted 10.23.2013 | Green

At least 441 new species of plants and animals have been discovered in a remote part of the Amazon rain forest, according to the World Wildlife Fund. ...

Researchers Discover 60 New Species In Suriname

HuffPost Live | Posted 10.03.2013 | Green

Sixteen scientists returning from an expedition to Suriname’s lush rainforests believe they have discovered 60 new species. Among the discoveries we...

Bishop Museum Entomologist Names New Fly Species After Popeye

Posted 09.13.2013 | Green

Neal Evenhuis, a senior entomologist for Honolulu's Bishop Museum, recently discovered a new "hotspot of speciation in flies" in the remote islands of...

New predator alert! Oh wait, it's adorable

OnEarth | Posted 10.16.2013 | Green

By Melissa Mahony, OnEarthThere's a new predator in town--but fortunately, it's an adorable one. Actually, this animal has been around for 3 to 4 mill...

LOOK: Newfound Creature's Bizarre Backbone Baffles Scientists

natureheader | Richard Johnston | Posted 07.24.2013 | Science

One of the most bizarre mammals in the world now has a sister species. The newly discovered Thor's hero shrew shares the unusually sturdy, interlockin...

Even in Death, Scientists Make New Discoveries

Dr. Chris Martine | Posted 09.16.2013 | Science
Dr. Chris Martine

Science is a cumulative endeavor. Everything we do is built upon and inspired by the men and women who came before us. Sometimes they leave threads of things we can only hope to sew into something more whole. Today I am doing some sewing.

New 'Bone-Headed' Dino Discovered

Posted 05.08.2013 | Science

By: Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer Published: 05/07/2013 11:06 AM EDT on LiveScience A newly discovered dome-headed, dog-size dinosau...

Islanders' Weapons Put Spotlight On Vanished Species

Posted 04.04.2013 | Science

By: Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer Published: 04/03/2013 05:03 PM EDT on LiveScience A collection of vicious weapons made of shark t...

PHOTOS: New Fish Species Discovered Off New Zealand Coast

Posted 02.09.2013 | Green

Scientists have discovered a new species of fish in waters just six miles off the coast of New Zealand. National Geographic reports that in a join...

Top New Plant Species of Last Year (and the Hottest Job of the Future)

Dr. Chris Martine | Posted 03.25.2013 | Green
Dr. Chris Martine

You might think that we could have found all of the plants by now. They don't evade capture or bite you when you catch them. Unlike microbes, they aren't invisible without a lens. Yet, more than 150 new plant species were published in academic journals in 2012.