Scientists discover new gibbon species inside tomb of Chinese emperor’s grandmother

June 25, 2018 by  
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In a new study published in the journal Science , scientists detail the identification of a new species of gibbon, one that had gone extinct at some point over the past two millennia. The remains of Junzi imperialis were first discovered in 2004, when archaeologists at Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Archaeology in Xi’an discovered a mausoleum nearby the tomb of Qin Shi Huang, China ‘s first emperor, which is famously guarded by thousands of terracotta soldiers. In addition to the partial skull of the gibbon, the mausoleum contained bones from numerous animals, such as panthers, lynxes, black bears and cranes. The gibbon likely would have belonged to the emperor’s grandmother, Lady Xia. “Having gibbons as pets appears to have been common among Chinese royals during ancient times,” study co-author Alejandra Ortiz told NPR . Years after the gibbon skull was uncovered, London -based archaeologist Samuel Turvey took an interest in its unusual characteristics. The remains were discovered “a huge distance from any of China’s surviving gibbon populations,” hundreds of miles south of the tomb, Turvey told NPR , “which immediately suggested that this specimen could be something extremely interesting.” Research suggests that through deforestation, humans were the likely cause of the gibbon’s extinction. Because of the gibbon’s dependence on the tree canopy ecosystem, it is very vulnerable to the destruction of its forest habitat. Related: Reforestation in China heralds the return of rare animals The discovery of a new, but extinct, ape species brings mixed emotions. “We feel that the discovery of Junzi imperialis is extremely important because it helps us to fill gaps in the understanding of gibbon diversity,” Ortiz said. However, the “discovery is sad, because it reinforces the idea that humans represent a major threat for the survival of species of gibbons and other apes, and our findings suggest that we have been a threat for quite a while.” + Science Via NPR Images via Benjamin Radzun and Eric Kilby

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Two foot-long bug discovered in China dubbed worlds longest insect

May 24, 2016 by  
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Don’t freak out, but an insect spanning over two feet long has been discovered and it’s an apparent expert at lurking in disguise. A Chinese researcher had been searching for six years before finally finding one, but I doubt that will help you sleep more easily tonight. The previous world record for longest six-legged critter was a 22.3 inch stick insect from Malaysia, according to Discovery News, yet the new species discovered in the Guanxi province of China measures in at 24.6…

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Newly-discovered electric fish with Jay Leno chin speaks in electric pulses

February 12, 2016 by  
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A new species of fish has been discovered in the Central African nation of Gabon, and it’s one unique character with an enlarged “Jay Leno” chin and the ability to communicate through electric pulses. In a recent study , ichthyologist John Sullivan detailed his discovery in which he found the four-inch brown fish in one of his traps and immediately knew it was unlike anything he’d studied before. The new species, dubbed Cryptomyrus ogoouensis , isn’t the only electric fish in Africa’s waters, but it is the first found that gives off its particular electric frequency. Read the rest of Newly-discovered electric fish with Jay Leno chin speaks in electric pulses

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Researchers identify a new species of Galápagos tortoise for the first time in 100 years

October 22, 2015 by  
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The giant Galápagos tortoise is known around the globe for inspiring Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. Now, a new piece of the puzzle has emerged: scientists have identified a previously unknown species of the shelled island-dwelling animals. The new species represents a line of evolutionary history never before studied, and genetic researchers are chomping at the bit to unravel the mystery behind this surprising discovery. Read the rest of Researchers identify a new species of Galápagos tortoise for the first time in 100 years

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Kengo Kuma envisions shapeshifting nomadic shelters woven from hundreds of identical wooden pieces

October 22, 2015 by  
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First-ever intensive biodiversity study reveals 30 new species of insects in Los Angeles

March 30, 2015 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. Los Angeles just got a lot more diverse – not from an influx of new immigrants, but via the discovery of 30 new insect species  living there. A new paper recently published in the journal Zootaxa revealed the results of the first urban biodiversity study of this scale: 30 new species of flies inside a single genus. This discovery is a unique accomplishment for a single research paper, and it’s made even more interesting by the fact they were all found within urban Los Angeles. Read the rest of First-ever intensive biodiversity study reveals 30 new species of insects in Los Angeles Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 30 new species of insect , Biodiversity , Los Angeles , megaselia , new species , phoridae , urban ecology , zootaxa

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For Sale: Naming Rights to Newly Discovered Species

April 19, 2010 by  
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Once biologists started figuring out that their discoveries could get a lot of attention riding the coattails of a famous namesake, they began to get quite creative with taxonomy . As a result, there’s a myriad of new species named after fictional characters, actors, musicians, and politicians–from the Calponia harrisonfordi ant and the Myrmekiaphila neilyoungi spider, to a species of orange-colored … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Global Warming, Melting Ice Caps Could Help Trigger More Volcanic Eruptions

April 19, 2010 by  
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Biologists Discover a New Species of Spiny Pocket Mouse

February 1, 2010 by  
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The Heteromyidae family also includes kangaroo rats, like this one. Image credit: Wikimedia Commons Researchers at the City College of New York believe they have found a new species of spiny pocket mouse, dubbed Heteromys catopterius . Taking its name from a Greek word that roughly means a “height that commands a view,” the small mouse finds its home high in Venezuela’s coastal range…

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New ‘Super Snake’ Python Hybrid May be on the Rise in Florida

January 15, 2010 by  
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Florida has long battled an invasive population of Burmese pythons in the Everglades. But a new species of invasive snake–the African rock python has recently been found on the loose as well. At least five rock pythons, one that measured 14 ft long, have just been captured in Miami-Dade county

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