Nothing packs a movie theater faster than a flick about a new species. Doesn't matter if it's friend or foe, whether it springs forth from an abdomen or gets left behind by its mother spaceship (think Alien and ET), looks scary or cuddly, or is here to destroy the world or merely probe a few earthlings. As long as it doesn't look human, any new species intrigues us.
Despite our fascination with genus born in the imaginations of writers, we often overlook new species that actually exist, ones discovered by scientists all over the world every year. The anti-GMO voices grow louder (do people really prefer watermelons with seeds?) each day and drown out the declarations of new (albeit not always improved) species that emerge with only the help of Mother Nature, usually with little or no fanfare.
None of these new finds of 2015 have occurred in the US but some might show up in natural science exhibits across the country. At the very least, you can find hundreds of images of these newcomers online and be humbled once again by the world's most fascinating natural wonders.
10 Water Monitor Lizards
9 Titi Monkey
8 New Indochinese Worm
7 Bird Species Authenticated After 15 Years
6 Terror Bird from Ancient Times Still Scary
5 Tiny, Charming Lizards Discovered in Andes
4 Miniature Frog With Morphable Skin Surface
3 Prehistoric Croc Dined On Clams
2 Ancient Owl Emerges Unique
1 Shimmering Goblin Spider Group Grows
Researchers in Madagascar recently celebrated the discovery of five new species of minuscule, shimmering spiders. Barely visible with 0.04 to 0.12 inch body lengths, the glimmering little arachnids actually merited a new genus to call their own, Volborattella, based on their unique appearance, including genitalia unlike their relatives. See if you can tell the difference between sexes.
Gotta love those research scientists.
Sources: livescience.com, popularmechanics.com, boredomtherapy.com
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