Posted by: r.m. | May 27, 2009

wondrous new species to science

A seahorse the size of a pea, a tiny snake no more than four inches long, a snail with a shell that twists in four directions and a palm tree that flowers itself to death…. See the pictures


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  1. Apparenty, we are spraying bacteria on our hair!
    Still, I find the 2-foot insect even more disturbing.
    Someone in class was wondering if the 4-inches snake is poisonous. According to this article, it is not.
    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article4454268.ece

  2. The 18,516 named and described species in 2007 clearly are proof for the very fast rate at which the Earth is changing..huge numerous species have been exploited, and further diversities of them are yet to come..perhaps our interference with the natural process of the environment,and the manipulation of nature that man has made over the past century were the primary cause for this high changing acceleration..
    one of the things that astounded me the most was the Coffee charrieriana, the first recorded caffeine-free coffee plant from Central Africa..which could be the start of a long way toward curing all those who addicts on coffee nowadays..

  3. Adorable little seahorse!
    This article makes us wonder.. If there are y estimation 2-100 million species, and we have only discovered about 1.8 million. If out of the 1.8 million, a lot have been exctinct or are prone to extinction, what a huge number of the species we haven’t discovered yet might also disappear without being ever discovered.. Such an ephemerous existence!

  4. Bizzare species… For all we know these species consider humans as a bizarre new species after their initial documented encouter.
    18,500 newly discoverd species and around 10 million still to be discovered… this shows us exactly how much we have to learn about our co-inhabitants of Earth.
    The decaffeinated coffee plant…. hopefully this species and others that may hold a potential benefit (or appeal) to humans are not exploited or even worse over-exploited. If our curiosity to grasp a larger extent of Earth’s biodiversity may lead to the extinction of numerous additional species then we probably should remain ignorant.


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