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The secrets of Russia’s Sea of Okhotsk – nearly 500 species discovered 

… Okhotsk was scant and lacking diversity, and previously they knew of only 50 species in the Kuril Basin. Deputy head of the SokhoBio expedition, Marina Malyutina, told RBTH that they found about 1,000 species there last summer. More than half of them are completely new for scientists. Most are similar to Antarctic and Atlantic deep-water species, and include single-celled organisms, crustaceans, mollusks, echinoderms, various worms, and fish. Deep-sea surprises Scientists were surprised by the …

Scientists rush to freeze plant DNA before ‘sixth extinction’ – BBC News

… facilities. The task sounds daunting, but scientists leading the initiative at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History say it will only take a few months to gather samples from half the world’s plant families because they’re already growing in botanic gardens. Most can be found within a five-mile (8-km) radius of Washington, DC. There are some 500 plant families and more than 13,000 genera within those groups. The task is urgent because some species are facing …

Could human imagination save us from extinction? | Andrew Simms | Environment | The Guardian

By Andrew Simms | July 2, 2015 If you wandered around planet Earth 100,000 years ago you would have come across at least half a dozen distinct species, or sub-species, of human. At least one, Homo erectus, centred around East Asia, lasted for nearly two million years. That makes the duration of us, recognisably modern Homo sapiens, at around 200,000 years, seem modest. It will remain so if Yuval Noah Harari, author of Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind is correct. He suggests on current …

Spiky monsters: New species of ‘super-armored’ worm discovered

From phys.org | June 29, 2015   A new species of ‘super-armoured’ worm, a bizarre, spike-covered creature which ate by filtering nutrients out of seawater with its feather-like front legs, has been identified by palaeontologists. The creature, which lived about half a billion years ago, was one of the first animals on Earth to develop armour to protect itself from predators and to use such a specialised mode of feeding. The creature, belonging to a poorly understood group of …