New Animal Discoveries!

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Re: New Animal Discoveries!

Post by Lupine » Tue Mar 02, 2010 4:43 pm

Not exactly animals but microbes....

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badas ... aterfalls/

It's interesting about the water being "incredibly salty" since there evidence that the former oceans of Mars were quite salty. It kind of ups the odds for something being able to survive there.

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Post by RJDiogenes » Wed Mar 03, 2010 12:58 am

Rusty and salty; yeah, that's good news for the Martians. :saucer:

Also interesting is that they may use sulfur in place of oxygen. That's almost as exotic as using silicon instead of carbon. It really does give hope for finding alien life in strange places. B)
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Post by mudshark » Thu Mar 04, 2010 6:28 pm

I think it's not so much that they use sulfur compounds that's new--there are bacteria living around sea-floor thermal vents which do that--it's that there are no sulfides present as a by-product of sulfate reduction. Also, the ferric ions figure into it in some weird way they don't fully understand.
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Weird is good. Maybe they crawled out of one of those Martian meteorites and colonized. :D
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Re: New Animal Discoveries!

Post by mudshark » Fri Mar 05, 2010 6:43 pm

"Take me to your microbe!"
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Re: New Animal Discoveries!

Post by scottydog » Sun Mar 14, 2010 3:29 am

Just curious: Is it known for sure yet whether there is any life on Mars? If not, how many more years will it take to get a definitive answer? I'd like to know before i die!!!

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Post by Lupine » Sun Mar 14, 2010 3:46 pm

^So would I.
But at the moment there are tantalizing hints, but nothing anyone's willing to take to the bank. The most recent evidence involves methane plumes that turn up during the spring on Mars's north and south hemispheres. It has been suggested that these plumes occur as melting of the permafrost causes some kind of life to come out of hibernation. There are still come questions about the results of the Viking lander's experiments with a few claiming that the tests did in fact detect life.
But more exploring with be necessary before we get an answer we can be sure of.

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Post by RJDiogenes » Sun Mar 14, 2010 11:07 pm

Yeah, there's evidence, but nothing definitive. Also encouraging is research done on Terrestrial extremophiles in the past few years, showing that it's very possible for Martian life forms that evolved in a more benign environment to survive a large-scale environmental collapse.
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Re: New Animal Discoveries!

Post by Lupine » Thu Apr 08, 2010 3:50 pm

Leap'n lizards!

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20100406/sc_ ... nce_lizard

Who know what else might be lurking out there....

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Post by RJDiogenes » Fri Apr 09, 2010 12:05 am

That's incredible. A six-foot lizard remaining undiscovered until 2009, and in a not terribly isolated place. They scamper up trees and hide when they hear somebody coming. :lol:

Who knows what else might be lurking out there, indeed...

It's a shame they taste so good. I wonder if they are endangered. It would be terrible to have them become extinct just as they are found.
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Post by RJDiogenes » Sun Nov 28, 2010 11:33 pm

Haven't had a new animal discovery in a while, but here's one now. :D

A new Squid-like Worm has been discovered in the Philippines. It's a bit Lovecraftian, but beautiful. The researchers think it may be in the midst of rapid evolutionary change. B)
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Re: New Animal Discoveries!

Post by Lupine » Mon Nov 29, 2010 4:57 pm

The notion of rapid evolutionary change is I think a tad dodgy based off only a few observations, but it is an interesting critter. Though to me it looks more like a shrimp than either a worm or a squid.

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Yeah, it looks kind of like a smorgasbord of species-- very strange.
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Post by Lupine » Wed Dec 01, 2010 4:23 pm

I noticed that the little guy got mentioning on a NatGeo doc about the Celebes Sea last night.

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Post by RJDiogenes » Thu Dec 02, 2010 1:34 am

Nice. I'll have to check for a repeat or if it's on On Demand.
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Re: New Animal Discoveries!

Post by mudshark » Thu Dec 02, 2010 5:11 pm

Lupine wrote:The notion of rapid evolutionary change is I think a tad dodgy based off only a few observations, but it is an interesting critter. Though to me it looks more like a shrimp than either a worm or a squid.
There's an image gallery linked in the National Geographic article - the marine worms pictured show a wide variety, some of them pretty exotic-looking, but there are a couple which are close enough in appearance to this new "squid worm" that they might at least be distant cousins.
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Yeah, the Hawaiian one looks like it could be related.
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Re: New Animal Discoveries!

Post by mudshark » Thu Dec 09, 2010 6:18 pm

We have seen some of these already, but it's year-end so, from the folks at National Geographic, it's time for:

Ten Weirdest New Animals of 2010: Editors' Picks
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Re: New Animal Discoveries!

Post by RJDiogenes » Fri Dec 10, 2010 1:06 am

Very cool stuff (except for the poor monkey :(). Some of those would make good inspiration for aliens in an SF story, especially the ninja caterpillar and the handfish. The toad picture leads to an article about several new toad and frog species found in Colombia that have some very strange adaptations, including one who hatches on land and skips the tadpole stage.
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Re: New Animal Discoveries!

Post by mudshark » Fri Dec 10, 2010 6:35 pm

The pictures of the handfish of Tasmania reminded me of the batfish of the Central and South American Pacific coast (including the Galapagos Islands) which were in the fish books we looked at as kids - they also walk about on the bottom using their fins as "feet" and "hands". Turns out they're both part of the same order, but different families; interestingly, in a separate batfish genus from the one to which my childhood fish-book ones belonged can be found a couple of species also called handfish.
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Re: New Animal Discoveries!

Post by Lupine » Fri Dec 10, 2010 8:50 pm

The octopus reminds me of a cuddly Cthulhu. The tube-nosed fruit bat is pretty trippy looking. Kind'a looks like King Seesar from one of the Godzilla movies.

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Post by RJDiogenes » Sat Dec 11, 2010 5:36 am

Wow, you're right. That octopus does kind of look like my plush Cthulhu. :cthulhu:
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Re: New Animal Discoveries!

Post by RJDiogenes » Thu Jan 26, 2012 11:43 pm

Here we have a bonanza of new and rare species in Suriname.

New Animals.

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Re: New Animal Discoveries!

Post by Lupine » Fri Jan 27, 2012 7:00 pm

I like the "Pac-man frog" myself. :pacman:

Those catfish look prehistoric.

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