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new mammal menagerie uncovered in remote Peruvian cloud forest

Every year scientists describe around 18,000 new species, but mammals make up less than half a percent of those. Yet mammal surprises remain: deep in the remote Peruvian Andes, scientists have made an incredible discovery: a rich cloud forest and alpine grassland ecosystem that may be home to no less than eight new mammal species.

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New monkey species discovered in Africa

via BBC | Wed September 12, 2012
A new species of monkey has been identified in Africa, the first one in 28 years, say scientists.

Mad frog bonanza: up to 36 new frogs discovered in tiny Madagascar forest

Story contains video via MongaBay | Fri April 20, 2012
A forest less than half the size of Manhattan sports an astounding number of frogs, according to a new paper in Biodiversity Conservation. Two surveys of Madagascar's Betampona Nature Reserve, which covers 2,228 hectares, has uncovered 76 unique frogs, 36 of which may be new to science.

Fungi Discovered In The Amazon Will Eat Your Plastic

via Fast Co Exist | Mon January 30, 2012
The Amazon is home to more species than almost anywhere else on earth. One of them, carried home recently by a group from Yale University, appears to be quite happy eating plastic in airless landfills.

The biggest new species discoveries in 2011

Story contains video via MongBay | Sat December 31, 2011
Every year scientists describe thousands of species for the first time. 2011 was no different, so here's a look at some of the significant new species discoveries for the year.

New dolphin species discovered in Victoria

Story contains video via ABC News | Thu September 15, 2011
Victorian researchers have discovered a new species of dolphin living right under their noses on Melbourne's doorstep.

‘Living Fossil’ Eel Swam at Dawn of Dinosaur Age

Story contains video GNN staff | Fri August 26, 2011
In the small island republic of Palau, marine biologists have made a remarkable find just 35 meters below the surface. A new species of eel have been discovered which seem to be closer related to ancient fossils of eel from the Cretaceous era, rather than modern eels. The animal likely appeared some 200 million years ago, just at the very end of the Triassic period.

10 new frogs discovered in India’s great rainforest

Story contains video via MongaBay | Tue August 09, 2011
Ten new species of frog have been discovered in India's Western Ghats according to two new papers in Biosystematica. Although human populations have farmed in the Western Ghats for centuries, the new discoveries prove that the rainforest still holds many surprises.

More Than 300 New Species Discovered in the Philippines

This spring, scientists from the California Academy of Sciences braved leeches, lionfish, whip-scorpions and a wide variety of other biting and stinging creatures to lead the most comprehensive scientific survey effort ever conducted in the Philippines, documenting both terrestrial and marine life forms from the tops of the highest mountains to the depths of the sea.

Cambodian scientist discovers new species of blind and legless lizard

First on record in Cambodia and the first reptile to be both discovered and formally described in a scientific journal by a Cambodian national.

Scientists announce discovery of new species of seabird, the first in 89 years

via LA Times | Wed March 23, 2011
From photographs taken by noted ornithologist Peter Harrison and reports by members of a five-member multinational expedition, bird watchers are following what for them is the event of a lifetime: the discovery of a new species of seabird.

PUMA goes carbon neutral by protecting lions in Kenya

via Mongabay | Wed March 23, 2011
PUMA, the sporting goods brand, and its parent company PPR will offset their 2010 carbon dioxide emissions by purchasing carbon credits generated through conservation of wildlife habitat in Kenya.

Huge Coral Reefs Discovered off Puerto Rico

via Live Science | Wed January 12, 2011
A new discovery of thriving coral reefs off the coast of Puerto Rico may offer hope for other shallower reefs.

NASA-Funded Research Discovers Life Built With Toxic Chemical

via NASA | Fri December 03, 2010
NASA-funded astrobiology research has changed the fundamental knowledge about what comprises all known life on Earth.

New monkey species discovered in Myanmar

Story contains video via MongaBay | Fri October 29, 2010
Hunters' reports have led scientists to discover a new species of monkey in the northern forests of Myanmar.

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