February 14, 2017
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On Valentine’s Day, lovers who are eager to woo their partners show their affection with traditional gifts of red roses, heart-shaped boxes of chocolates, or with romantic dinners at fancy restaurants. There’s usually some effort involved, but pulling off a memorable Valentine’s Day is easier — and generally safer — than some of the courtship rituals performed by other animal species.
December 15, 2012
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A new small primate with a toxic bite and distinctive facial fur markings has been discovered in the jungles of Borneo. The new slow loris species is found in the highlands of the island of Borneo and has been named Nycticebus kayan, after a major river, the Kayan, flowing through the region.
September 27, 2012
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This is the long elusive poodle moth. Dr. Arthur Anker, snapped this photo in Venezuela. He’s a specialist interested in “taxonomy, diversity and phylogeny” of shrimp and insects and shared the discovery with the world on his Flickr page. When a new species is discovered, science has to find where it fits with other species. As they’ve never seen the poodle moth before, scientists will use apparent evolutionary steps to create theories as to it’s evolution. This simple photo sparked a wide scientific debate in the entomological community.
August 26, 2012
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A new species of rat that has practically no teeth has been discovered. But no worries, the rat hardly needs them since it feeds on a diet of soft earthworms. The rat, dubbed Paucidentomys vermidax, is a type of shrew rat that lives on Sulawesi Island in Indonesia.
June 6, 2012
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Meet the Yellow Dyer Rainfrog, an adorable but slimy new frog species recently discovered by researchers in a remote mountain range in Panama, according to Science Daily. The colorful little amphibian measures less than 2 centimeters in length, and was named after its gooey yellow skin, which apparently turns anything it touches into gold– or at least, it turns it gold-colored. After handling the first few specimens, researchers noticed that their fingers had been stained yellow.
February 24, 2012
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Researchers have discovered a new species of lizard in a strange place. The brightly colored, water-loving lizards live in the Andes Mountains in southern Peru — an odd place to find them, scientists say, because of the chilly conditions.