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“Dragon Man” May Replace Neanderthal as Our Closest Relative
“Dragon Man” May Replace Neanderthal as Our Closest Relative
A massive, well-preserved skull discovered in China in the 1930s belongs to a new species called Homo longi, researchers report, but experts remain skeptical about the evidence.
“Dragon Man” May Replace Neanderthal as Our Closest Relative
“Dragon Man” May Replace Neanderthal as Our Closest Relative

A massive, well-preserved skull discovered in China in the 1930s belongs to a new species called Homo longi, researchers report, but experts remain skeptical about the evidence.

A massive, well-preserved skull discovered in China in the 1930s belongs to a new species called Homo longi, researchers report, but experts remain skeptical about the evidence.

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Aquarium Jellyfish Turns Out to Be Undescribed Species
Aquarium Jellyfish Turns Out to Be Undescribed Species
Lisa Winter | Jun 18, 2021
The newly characterized “elegant jellyfish,” roughly the size of a human hand, had been on display in two aquariums in Japan for more than a decade.
Previously Unknown Beaked Whale Species Spotted off Mexico
Previously Unknown Beaked Whale Species Spotted off Mexico
Max Kozlov | Dec 12, 2020
A team of scientists searching for a rare species of whale instead found a species of whale they say has never been recorded.
Ten Bird Species Newly Identified on Indonesian Islands
Ten Bird Species Newly Identified on Indonesian Islands
Emily Makowski | Jan 10, 2020
Flycatchers, warblers, and more were spotted in a biodiverse region known as Wallacea.
How Underwater Photography Propels Marine Biology
How Underwater Photography Propels Marine Biology
Richard Smith | Nov 1, 2019
Marine photographers are helping scientists to document the diversity of coral reefs before the imperiled ecosystems disappear.
Proposed Deep-Sea Mining Zone Harbors Previously Unknown Species
Proposed Deep-Sea Mining Zone Harbors Previously Unknown Species
Catherine Offord | Oct 17, 2019
The discovery of ancient clades of brittle stars at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean adds to concerns that commercial exploitation of the area could destroy numerous taxa before they’ve even been identified.
Image of the Day: Single-Cell Surprises
Image of the Day: Single-Cell Surprises
Jef Akst | Nov 15, 2018
Researchers identify a new species of Hemimastigophora protist, and suggest the group should be promoted from a phylum to a supra-kingdom.

Image of the Day: New Tiny Frog
Image of the Day: New Tiny Frog
Jef Akst | Oct 23, 2018
A newly described amphibian has such a small range in southern Brazil that it’s already critically endangered.
Image of the Day: As Slippery As
Image of the Day: As Slippery As
Sukanya Charuchandra | Sep 25, 2018
A new species of swamp eel has been discovered in India.
Image of the Day: Velvet Worm
Image of the Day: Velvet Worm
Sukanya Charuchandra | Aug 14, 2018
Researchers have recently identified a many-legged invertebrate from the Silurian period.
Image of the Day: Protector
Image of the Day: Protector
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jun 29, 2018
A newly described parasitic wasp is named after Daenerys Targaryen from the book series A Song of Ice and Fire and TV show Game of Thrones.
Image of the Day: Snacking on Snails
Image of the Day: Snacking on Snails
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jun 20, 2018
Five newly identified species of snakes suck the mollusks right out of their shells.  
Image of the Day: Hirsute and How
Image of the Day: Hirsute and How
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jun 11, 2018
A newly described species of shrimp, Odontonia bagginsi, has been named after Bilbo Baggins. 
China’s Flowers, 1922-1949
China’s Flowers, 1922-1949
Ashley Yeager | Jun 1, 2018
Austrian-American botanist Joseph Rock collected thousands of plant samples in his 27 years in the Middle Kingdom, leaving after the Communist Party’s takeover.
Image of the Day: Bird-of-Paradise
Image of the Day: Bird-of-Paradise
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Apr 25, 2018
A unique courtship dance clued researchers in to the fact that they had a new species on their hands.
Image of the Day: Ant Attack!
Image of the Day: Ant Attack!
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Apr 24, 2018
A new species of ant discovered in Borneo fends off invaders with a uniquely suicidal strategy.
Image of the Day: Tardigrade Eggs
Image of the Day: Tardigrade Eggs
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Mar 2, 2018
The studded cells belong to a newly discovered species of water bear, Macrobiotus shonaicus
Spiders with Long Tails Found in Ancient Amber
Spiders with Long Tails Found in Ancient Amber
Jim Daley | Feb 5, 2018
This discovery closes a 170-million-year gap in the fossil record.
Graduate Student Identifies Dozens of New Fly Species
Graduate Student Identifies Dozens of New Fly Species
Jef Akst | Feb 1, 2018
Over the past seven years, Xiao-Long Lin has characterized nearly 70 new species of nonbiting midges and developed DNA barcodes to aid in future ecological surveys.
Image of the Day: Dog-Faced Bats
Image of the Day: Dog-Faced Bats
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Jan 31, 2018
The discovery of two new species within the Cynomops genus has expanded the total known number of dog-faced bat species to eight.