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New Animal Discoveries!

Post by RJDiogenes » Sat Aug 23, 2008 8:27 pm

This is the resurrection of one of my favorite Threads on the old board. Luckily, I had cross-posted all these items on a couple of other boards so I was able to gather them up again (and I only had to replace one of the links). :yes:

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Over the last couple of years, some amazing discoveries have been made in isolated areas of the planet. Many new species of plants and animals have been found, which is surprising in this day and age.

One such area is a "Lost World" in an isolated region of Indonesia. Recently there was an article about a couple of new discoveries: A giant rat (too bad it wasn't in Sumatra ;)) and a tiny possum. This is a follow up to previous discoveries of dozens of new species of plants and animals, including new species of frogs. I love frogs. B)

Also, not too long ago, there a bunch of new species discovered in the Congo. Yes, there are some new frogs there. :yes:

And here is an article about several new species found in Vietnam. No frogs this time, but it's pretty cool nonetheless. :)

And I just found this article about a strange new creature discovered in Tanzania: Giant Shrew Or Tiny Elephant? :D Cool little guy. B)

And courtesy of Unicron: the yeti lobster, a denizen of hydrothermal vents. :Ahhh:

More new animal news, this time on the Antarctic sea floor. Fields of tunicates! :eek:

Yet more news from Antarctica. Giant starfish! :scared:

And now we have more news from remote Indonesia. And it's a strange new frog. He has no lungs! :eek:

This isn't exactly a new animal, but an animal thought extinct for over a hundred years: The Dwarf Cloud Rat of the Philippines. It lives in a mossy forest that was devastated by logging up until about forty years ago and is now recovering; the article doesn't explicitly say so, but hopefully this means that the animal's population is rebounding along with the mossy forest's regrowth. :yes:

I think this is all pretty exciting. Not only do I love animals, but it's just great to think that there are new species out there to be discovered in the world. :thumbsup:

Has anybody else come across any news of new animal discoveries?
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Post by RJDiogenes » Thu Nov 20, 2008 12:42 am

More good news from Indonesia: A tiny primate called a Pygmy Tarsier that was thought to be extinct for the past eighty years has been found alive. :yes:

Unlike most primates, they have claws instead of nails; they can also swivel their heads 180 degrees and they have sharp, pointy teeth. So be careful if you see one. ;)
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Post by RJDiogenes » Sat Feb 28, 2009 12:23 am

What till you see this: :eek:

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Courtesy of Blindgroping and Orpheus at Shattered Corpse; coincidentally, Australis also Posted it at TrekBBS today. :yes:
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Post by jgc » Sat Feb 28, 2009 2:50 am

Huh.
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Post by Lupine » Wed Sep 09, 2009 3:31 pm

Here's a new species of rat. Or semi-new since I saw a picture of it on a show called "Ratzilla" last night.

http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/0 ... pstoryview

About the cutest rat I've seen.

And this place sounds like something out of a Edgar Rice Burrough's novel:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2 ... new-guinea

All it needs are wild women in leopard skin bikinis.

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Post by RJDiogenes » Thu Sep 10, 2009 12:57 am

That's fantastic! Giant Rats and Fanged Frogs! :D Sixteen new Frog species, in fact. :yes:

I haven't forgotten to bring over those other links, either; I just haven't had a chance to do it....

Maybe this year for NaNo, I'll write Lost World Of The Fanged Frogs. B)
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Post by Lupine » Thu Sep 10, 2009 3:52 pm

And it's neat that all this is in a volcanic crater. Just like a pulp novel.

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Yeah, nobody would believe that if you wrote it-- too unrealistic. :D
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Post by mudshark » Fri Sep 11, 2009 5:37 pm

Lupine wrote:Here's a new species of rat. Or semi-new since I saw a picture of it on a show called "Ratzilla" last night.

http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/0 ... pstoryview

About the cutest rat I've seen.
Following a link off of this one, found another article about a newly(?)-discovered rat-eating plant. On a mountain in the central Philippines, this.
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Post by RJDiogenes » Sat Sep 12, 2009 12:55 am

Awesome! One day a new giant rat, the next a new giant rat eating plant. It's like an arms race. :D
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Post by Lupine » Sat Sep 12, 2009 3:18 pm

I think I remember hearing about that earlier in the year.

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Post by mudshark » Sat Sep 12, 2009 3:38 pm

Lupine wrote:I think I remember hearing about that earlier in the year.
The CNN article wasn't dated, so I wasn't sure how current it was. Further checking indicates that the plant was first noted in 2000 by missionaries hiking in the area, identified as a distinct species (Nepenthes attenboroughii*) in 2007, and formally described in the Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society in February of this year, so it's entirely possible you did hear about it earlier.



* Named for David Attenborough, who's supposed to be a pitcher plant enthusiast.
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Post by Lupine » Sat Sep 12, 2009 4:38 pm

^Actually I might have been thinking of a section of The Search for the Last Undiscovered Animals by Karl P. N. Shuker. There's a brief section in Chapter 6 about a supposed plant from India that consumes mice.

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^^ Damn, that book seems to be out of print.
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Post by Lupine » Sun Sep 13, 2009 3:22 pm

^I found some on Amazon today fairly cheap.

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Post by mudshark » Sun Sep 13, 2009 3:35 pm

RJDiogenes wrote:^^ Damn, that book seems to be out of print.
You can get it from Amazon, looks like (even has a version for your Kindle.) It appears to be a revision of or follow-on to an earlier book by the same author.
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Yeah, I saw the used copies. I might go for it. I'm always conscious of the fact that free shipping doesn't apply to the marketplace sellers. :lol:
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Post by RJDiogenes » Sun Sep 13, 2009 11:32 pm

And here are the updates:

The giant, fanged Crustaceans. :Ahhh:

A previously unknown Songbird in Laos. :sing:

New Bacteria that lives in unearthly condition. They're not extraterrestrial, but they certainly have implications for extraterrestrial life. :saucer:

A new Whale! :eek:

And a list of ten new species discovered last year. Well, nine. One is extinct. And one is a Caffeine-Free Coffee Plant. What next, a Chocolate Cow? :D
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Post by Lupine » Mon Sep 14, 2009 3:33 pm

^Actually milk's flavor can be influenced by what the animal eats. When we used to milk the goats we always had to be careful of their diet when we used the milk. So I suppose it would be possible to manipulate the diet of a cow to give "chocolate" milk. :yes:

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(Pictured at roughly ten times actual size. :p )
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Post by RJDiogenes » Tue Sep 15, 2009 12:30 am

^^ Heh. I meant to say "Eyeless." Got a little carried away there. :lol:
Lupine wrote:^Actually milk's flavor can be influenced by what the animal eats. When we used to milk the goats we always had to be careful of their diet when we used the milk. So I suppose it would be possible to manipulate the diet of a cow to give "chocolate" milk. :yes:
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Post by Lupine » Wed Sep 16, 2009 3:32 pm

Here's a weird one:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/wildli ... China.html

Real or not? I have my doubts since I wonder how the animal got to be that old with that kind of birth defect.

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Post by RJDiogenes » Wed Sep 16, 2009 11:38 pm

Very interesting. I did a little search and discovered that atavistic hind legs on snakes have been observed before-- and on whales as well. :eek: I wonder if it could breed true if it turned out to be an advantage.

I remember reading in a book about cryptozoology when I was a kid (although I don't think the term existed then) about sightings of snakelike reptiles with front legs but no back legs. This makes it seem like that could be true, too.
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Post by Lupine » Thu Sep 17, 2009 3:51 pm

I'm familiar with atavistic features (legs on snakes and whales) and my mother even had a horse once that had three toes. But the thing that bothers me about that snake is how well formed the leg is and the fact of how much it resembles the limbs of Chinese dragons. I'd like to see some confirmation of this.

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Post by mudshark » Thu Sep 17, 2009 4:01 pm

RJDiogenes wrote: I remember reading in a book about cryptozoology when I was a kid (although I don't think the term existed then) ...
Coined in the early 1940s by Ivan Sanderson, says here, though also frequently credited to Bernard Heuvelmans (who says he got it from Sanderson.)
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