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
yesterday ~10 min

Tags: evolution insects trees new-species wasps parasites science-and-technology

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

Tags: india new-species science-and-technology crabs

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

Tags: new-species oceans science-and-technology isopods

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

Tags: fossils reptiles new-species science-and-technology

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

Tags: twitter new-species fungus parasites science-and-technology

Do scientists build ‘trees of life’ with faulty methods?

Long-used approaches for reconstructing evolutionary paths, or "trees of life," are deeply flawed, say researchers in a new paper.

Jim Barlow-Oregon • futurity
April 17, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: evolution extinction fossils new-species science-and-technology

‘Walking sharks’ use their fins to stroll around

The "ability to withstand low oxygen environments and walk on their fins gives them a remarkable edge over their prey of small crustaceans and mollusks."

U. Queensland • futurity
Feb. 3, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: sharks walking new-species featured science-and-technology

These bird species are new to science

Researchers have discovered five bird species and five subspecies of birds completely new to science.

National University of Singapore • futurity
Jan. 10, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: conservation birds new-species science-and-technology

Citizen science and cookies help solve ant enigma

New research clarifies the mysterious ants from Europe that love North American sidewalks, backyards, and sidewalks. Kids with cookies helped.

Michelle Jewel-NC State • futurity
Dec. 11, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: insects new-species ants science-and-technology citizen-scientists

Beetle in amber pollinated flowers 99M years ago

A drop of fossilized amber from a mine in northern Myanmar contains not just a beetle but also 62 grains of pollen still clinging to its legs.

Kevin Fryling-Indiana • futurity
Nov. 12, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: insects fossils beetles plants pollen new-species pollinators featured science-and-technology flowers

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