Wing imprints reveal dino-era praying mantis

Researchers have identified a new species of praying mantis after discovering imprints of its fossilized wings in present-day Quebec.

Katherine Gombay-McGill • futurity
Jan. 19, 2021 ~6 min

Two new fungi have a gruesome way to kill flies

Two newly discovered species of fungi infect flies and then get them to rain down spores to infect others before they die, researchers have found.

Katherina Killander-U. Copenhagen • futurity
Dec. 15, 2020 ~5 min

Cretaceous bird beat toucans to the giant beak

A single fossil skull, partially trapped in rock, reveals a new species of bird called Falcatakely and its very unusual beak.

Gregory Filiano-Stony Brook • futurity
Dec. 1, 2020 ~9 min

Cretaceous bird beat toucans to the giant beak

A single fossil skull, partially trapped in rock, reveals a new species of bird called Falcatakely and its very unusual beak.

Gregory Filiano-Stony Brook • futurity
Dec. 1, 2020 ~9 min

‘Perplexing’ extinct lizard leads to evolution mystery

Monica Kortsha-UT Austin • futurity
Nov. 12, 2020 ~6 min

Dogs are testing positive for new tick-borne bacteria

A new, yet-unnamed species of Rickettsia has turned up in dogs. Researchers now want to know if can affect people, too.

Tracey Peake-NC State • futurity
Nov. 10, 2020 ~6 min

How we discovered three new species of penguin in the Southern Ocean

The discovery that gentoo penguins are actually four distinct species has important implications for their conservation.

Jane Younger, Research Fellow, Department of Biology & Biochemistry, University of Bath • conversation
Nov. 5, 2020 ~6 min

New wasp may be a parasite of a parasite

Researchers have discovered a new species of wasp with a role in an insect horror story playing out on the stems and leaves of oak trees.

Jade Boyd-Rice • futurity
Oct. 28, 2020 ~10 min

New crab species is a purple tree-climber

A newly described species of crab, Leptarma biju, is a noctural tree-climber. Perhaps that's why explorers hadn't noticed it before.

National University of Singapore • futurity
Oct. 7, 2020 ~4 min

New deep-sea isopod is shockingly large

The discovery of a new species of giant isopod "is an indication of just how little we know about the oceans."

National University of Singapore • futurity
Aug. 13, 2020 ~4 min

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