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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 …

Chernobyl’s lesson: Tell it to the birds

By Rupa Sengupta | October 16, 2015 It has flaming orange and blue feathers, a long orange beak and round dark eyes. It’s a thing of beauty, of grace, of plucky unselfconsciousness. Meet the male moustached kingfisher, long dubbed “ghost bird” for rarely, if ever, having been sighted. Sadly, what I’ve described is only an image recently circulating in the media. Reportedly, Christopher Filardi of the American Museum of Natural History captured this rare bird in Guadalcanal in the Solomon …

Smithsonian Science News –Meet the (flea) beetles! New species

… beetle’s immunity to the plant’s toxins is the result of a long evolutionary association, explains Alexander Konstantinov, a U.S. Department of Agriculture beetle expert who works in the Systematics Entomology Lab at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. “It is common among leaf beetles to be plant- specific and well adapted to their host,” he observes. Over time many beetle species have developed ways to “process the substances plants develop to …

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 …

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