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“Extinct” Amphibians Rediscovered After Nearly Half a Century

By Jason Bittel, National Geographic | June 2, 2015 It had been 50 years since anyone laid eyes on the Malatgan River caecilian, a legless amphibian native to the island province of Palawan in the Philippines. Scientists feared the species, whose written record was lost in a museum destroyed during the Battle of Manila in World War II, was gone forever. That is, until a team of scientists saw something slithering through the dirt during a recent trip to the Philippines. (Also see …

New Glowing Millipede Found; Shows How Bioluminescence Evolved

By Carrie Arnold, National Geographic | May 4, 2015 In California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains (map) live a group of blind millipedes that glow in the dark—and now scientists have cracked the mystery of how their brightness evolved, a new study says. Unlike fireflies, whose gleam emanates from a specialized organ on its abdomen, millipedes in the Motyxia genus give off a teal hue. These invertebrates have a special type of protein that allows them to produce light from beneath the tough …

Ili Pika Seen for 1st Time in 2 Decades, Shows ‘Teddy Bear Face’ in China – ABC News

By Avianne Tan via Good Morning America | 25 March 2015 The Ili pika, a rare animal with a teddy bear face and bunny-like ears, finally has been found and photographed more than 20 years after it was first discovered. The animal, scientifically known as Ochotona iliensis, was spotted again last summer in the Tianshan Mountains in northwest China by scientist Weidong Li, National Geographic reported. Li accidentally discovered the species in 1983 while on a government assignment to study natural …

UNR Researcher Monster Fish Face Extinction / Public News Service

Posted by Troy Wilde, Public News Service -NV. Posted March 25, 2015 RENO, Nevada – Some of the biggest freshwater fish in North America face certain extinction without human intervention, according to a University of Nevada-Reno researcher. Conservation biologist Zeb Hogan, whose research is featured in an exhibition opening this week at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, said sturgeon and other huge freshwater fish face several threats. “Habitat degradation, …

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