New Species

New Shark Species Found in Food Market

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: September 1, 2011   View Article

It’s unlikely anyone’s ever complained, “Waiter, there’s a new species in my soup.” But the situation isn’t as rare as you might think.

A monkey, a lizard, and an “extinct” bird have all been discovered en route to the dinner plate, and now a new shark species joins their ranks, scientists report.

Fish taxonomists found the previously unknown shark at a market in Taiwan—no big surprise, according to study co-author William White.

Ice Shelf Collapses Reveal New Species, Ecosystem Changes

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: February 27, 2007   View Article

Even before the global launch of International Polar Year this Thursday, scientists are announcing some unusual discoveries from the cold waters off the Antarctic Peninsula.

The collapse of two massive ice shelves in the past 12 years has opened a window onto a pristine—but rapidly changing—underwater world, an expedition team reported on Sunday.

52 New Species Found in Borneo, Report Announces

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: December 19, 2006   View Article

A miniature fish, a tree frog with bright green eyes, and a catfish with a sticky belly are among 52 new species discovered within the past year in Borneo, according to a report released today.

The Southeast Asian island is shared by Indonesia, Malaysia, and Brunei.

“Walking” Sharks Among 50 New Species Found in Indonesia Reefs

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: September 18, 2006   View Article

More than 50 new species have been discovered off the coast of Indonesia, including small, slender-bodied sharks that “walk” with their fins along coral reefs, researchers announced today.

Satellites Enlisted in Search for New Species

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: September 13, 2005   View Article

Conservation biologists have recruited sophisticated satellites to help discover and protect unknown species before they disappear.

Sensors on the satellites can collect information such as the vegetation, climate, and topography of remote and unexplored regions, explained Christopher Raxworthy, the associate curator of herpetology at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

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