Among the 20,000 fossils uncovered at Burgess Shale, one was found to contain soft tissue belonging to a 2-centimeter worm. It gave scientists strong evidence that in their early evolutionary stages, worms had a far different appearance.
Animals January 22, 2018
A new worm-snail species has been described just off the Florida Keys. The invertebrate that reminded researchers of Spider-Man could pose a serious threat to its surrounding environment.
Animals April 11, 2017
Scientists finally confirm that an elusive crustacean first spotted in 2014 is a new crab species that lives in trees, but it’s not like other tree-dwelling crabs.
Animals April 9, 2017
Researchers have discovered three new species of hairy tarantula spiders in the genus Avicularia. These massive tarantulas live in trees and feast on small birds and mammals.
Animals March 11, 2017
One beetle species has been observed to pose as ant abdomen to hitch a free ride. Get to know the Nymphister kronaueri and its interesting adaptation strategy.
Animals February 12, 2017
A new species of moth found throughout Southern California and across the Mexico-U.S. border in Baja California, Mexico was named after Donald Trump. The yellowish-white scales on Neopalpa donaldtrumpi’s head resembles the hair of the U.S. President-elect.
Animals January 17, 2017
A new plant species has been discovered on Japan's Kuroshima Island. Called Gastrodia kuroshimensis, the plant species is unique in that it neither photosynthesizes nor blooms.
Earth/Environment October 15, 2016
A newly discovered fish species endemic in Hawaii will be named after U.S. President Barack Obama in gratitude for his contributions in conservation. The president recently visited the region to draw attention to conservation efforts.
Animals September 4, 2016
Scientists have identified a new species of orchid growing on a small patch of land between two departments in southern Colombia. The new plant is known for its reddish to dark maroon bloom with a distinct devil-shaped heart.
Earth/Environment July 13, 2016
If you discovered a new species, what would you call it? One scientist lets the Pokémon fan in him come out, naming one of the bees he discovered in Chile after Charizard.
Animals July 7, 2016
A flower, a tree, a beetle, an ancient human, an ugly fish and more. Check out this top 10 list of new species of plants and animals and marvel at how much more we have yet to find.
Feature | Science May 24, 2016
NOAA researchers have found a new species of deep-sea jellyfish during an expedition to the Marian Trench. Its discovery helps prove the idea that there more things people don't know about the Earth's oceans.
Animals May 3, 2016
A relatively newly-discovered species of monkeys, the white cheeked macaque, has been discovered in India. Previously, it was spotted for the very first time in China in 2015.
Animals April 26, 2016
A new species of wild rodent was discovered in a mountainous area on Indonesia's Sulawesi Island. Known as the Gracilimus radix, this slender rat avoided detection for years by mainly staying among the roots of trees while looking for food.
Earth/Environment April 20, 2016
Biologists have found the first new species of butterfly discovered in Alaska in 28 years. Are these winged insects the offspring of two ancient species?
Animals March 20, 2016
A team of researchers found a new species of a narrow-mouthed frog just the size of a thumb. Measuring just 1.6 centimeters (0.63 inch), this frog could shed light on the ecological importance of India's laterite rock formations.
Earth/Environment March 12, 2016
Researchers have discovered a new lizard species that has been ruling the Mussau Island in Papua New Guinea for almost 2 million years. The elusive blue-tailed, yellow-tongued monitor lizard managed to evade the scientific community for a long time.
Earth/Environment February 26, 2016
Both species were discovered in Gabon, on the Atlantic Coast of Africa.
February 9, 2016
Museum experts identified 24 new species of beetles after 30 years. Most of the specimens, collected from rain forests in Australia in the '80s and '90s, stayed in museums until two scientists had the opportunity to study them.
Animals January 25, 2016
Five new wasp species that specifically target and parasitize spider eggs have been discovered in India. Researchers believe that there are more than a thousand species of this genus in the region.
Animals November 11, 2015
If you've ever wanted name a new species without actually going through the trouble of discovering one, now's your chance. The winner of a recently-launched eBay auction will help name a new moth species.
Earth/Environment October 19, 2015
More than 200 new species have been discovered in Eastern Himalayas from 2009 to 2014. Among the notable find were a walking fish and a monkey that sneezes when it rains.
Animals October 8, 2015
Anglerfish are bizarre creatures that inhabit the deep water. Now, biologist have found a bizarre new form of these odd creatures.
August 8, 2015
Deep within the caves of Croatia lies Geophilus hadesi, the centipede from hell. What makes this animal so amazing?
June 30, 2015
Seven new frog species have been discovered living high in the cloud forests of Brazil. Why are these isolated animals in danger?
Animals June 4, 2015
Chickens from hell, psychedelic slugs, cartwheeling spiders and artistic pufferfish? These are just some creatures that made it on the Top 10 New Species list for 2015.
Earth/Environment May 29, 2015
The Greater Mekong region is alive with a diverse collection of animals, including 139 newly discovered species. What strange species did the WWF catalog?
Animals May 27, 2015
A rare species of bird common in dense brush areas in mountainous regions of central China has been discovered. How is this possible?
May 1, 2015
A new species of Tibetan monkeys has been identified as the white-cheeked macaque — but what sets it apart from the four other macaque species in the region has nothing to do with cheeks.
Geek April 12, 2015
Woodlizards were thought to be one of the least-diverse of all animals. Now, three new species have been discovered. Why did this finding take so long?
April 6, 2015
With its big eyes and scaly skin, the Peckoltia greedoi can only look like one other creature. It turns out Greedo from 'Star Wars' does exist IRL.
Geek March 19, 2015
Species of frog in the jungles of Indonesia spurns egg-laying in favor of giving birth to live tadpoles. Newly identified species is the only frog to do so, researchers say.
Animals January 3, 2015
Researchers have found a new species of frog in Indonesia that gives birth to tadpoles instead of laying eggs. The new frog species is native to the Sulawesi island of Indonesia.
Animals January 1, 2015
The 10 cutest animal discoveries of the year were named by editors at the journal Nature. Here are their picks for 2014.
December 16, 2014
A new species of mollusk has been discovered in the Arctic, but could it still be swimming oceans today?
December 12, 2014
The Sulawesi streaked flycatcher was first noticed in 1997, and a team of researchers tracked them down in Indonesia. But, what makes these birds different from the rest?
November 26, 2014
Stargazing shrimp have been discovered, looking like aliens underwater - how could they be looking everywhere at once?
Animals November 21, 2014
A pair of unusual creatures was discovered in the waters of Australia, unlike nearly any other known animal.
Animals September 4, 2014
Scientists have found a new type of grasshopper, the pygmy locust, after studying an ancient amber collection. The fossilized remains of the insect have given researchers insight into the evolutionary process of locusts.
August 3, 2014
A wealth of information about life in the Dominican Republic 20 million years ago has been revealed in amber. The collection was unseen for decades in a museum closet.
Animals August 1, 2014
Scientists have revealed the presence of a new species of moth fluttering through the canebrake habitats in the southern Appalachian mountains. The moth has been named in honor of a Cherokee tribe leader.
Animals June 28, 2014
Elephant shrews are more like their mammoth cousins than shrews. A new variety of the creatures has been discovered in Namibia.
Animals June 28, 2014
A giant crocodile-like being may have done battle 60 million years ago with an equally big Titanoboa snake. This new fossil find had a short snout but a powerful bite.
Animals June 5, 2014
A bat, thought extinct for 120 years, has been found living in New Guinea. This is the story of its re-discovery.
Animals June 4, 2014
SUNY taxonomists have named the top 10 new species discovered in 2013. One is 40 feet tall!
Animals May 22, 2014