140 New Species Described by California Academy of Sciences in 2011
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ScienceDaily (Dec. 15, 2011) — In 2011, researchers at the California Academy of Sciences added 140 new relatives to our family tree. The new species include 72 arthropods, 31 sea slugs, 13 fishes, 11 plants, nine sponges, three corals, and one reptile. They were described by more than a dozen Academy scientists along with several dozen international collaborators.

Proving that there are still plenty of places to explore and things to discover on Earth, the scientists made their finds over six continents (all except Antarctica) and three oceans (Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian), climbed to the tops of mountains and descended to the bottom of the sea, looked in their owns backyards (California) and on the other side of the world (Cameroon).

Ranging from goblin spiders to glow-in-the-dark sharks, spanning six continents and three oceans, new discoveries add to the family tree of life on Earth. (Credit: Image courtesy of California Academy of Sciences)

Their results, published in 33 different scientific papers, add to the record of life on Earth and help advance the Academy’s research into two of the most important scientific questions of our time: “How did life evolve?” and “How will it persist?”

Read the full article at http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/12/111215095613.htm

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