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Strange New Bat Species Found in Museum Pickle Jar

By Douglas Main | Octobe 31, 2015 In 1983, researcher Charles Francis collected a bat in northeastern Borneo that was brought to London’s Natural History Museum. There, it sat in a pickle jar full of alcohol for three decades. Within the last two years, scientists happened upon it and examined the specimen. After careful work, they determined it represented a new species that hadn’t been described before, and they dubbed it Francis’ woolly horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus francisi), after …

Megalodon shark tooth discovered in Croatia

By Hannah Osborne | August 28, 2015 A megalodon shark tooth has been discovered in Croatia along the banks of the Kupa river. Pictures of the prehistoric monster shark’s tooth show it is about the size of a man’s palm. Stjepan Sucec had been searching for shells when he came across the tooth near about 60 km from the capital Zagreb. Geologist Drazen Japundzic from the Natural History Museum in Zagreb later confirmed it is probably a tooth of a megalodon shark – or Carcharodon …

L.A.’s Back-Yard Entomologists

By Nicola Twilley | July 7, 2015 It started with a bet. In 2013, Brian Brown, the curator of entomology at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, told one of the museum’s trustees that he could find a new species of insect practically anywhere he looked. Her cynical response was, “Can you find one in my back yard?” Brown accepted the challenge, setting up a large, tent-like Malaise trap—named not for the emotion on which certain bugs seem to thrive but for the Swede who …

Class Field Trip Finds New Pillbug Species in L.A. : Discovery News

… as we saw this bumpy little guy, we knew it was something special that the researchers at NHM had to see, but my class and I had no idea we were looking at a new species,” said Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County  Dean Pentcheff in a press release. Two-Thirds Marine Species Remain Unknown The new marine pillbug (known as isopod to biologists) belongs to the family of pillbugs that are commonly found in the dirt in backyards across the country. Despite their name, these creatures …

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