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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Museum fossils reveal new dolphin-ish reptile

Scientists have identified a new species of tuna-shaped reptiles called ichthyosaurs, one called Hauffiopteryx altera.

Frederique Mazerolle-McGill • futurity
July 20, 2020 ~3 min

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Team finds all-new species—on Twitter

Researchers first discovered the aptly named Troglomyces twitteri fungus by spotting it in an image of a millipede on Twitter.

Maria Hornbek-Copenhagen • futurity
May 18, 2020 ~6 min

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