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Adriana Hoffmann, Botanist and Environmentalist, Dies at Age 82
Hoffmann traveled through Chile cataloging its rare flora. Later, she fought to defend the country’s forests from commercial deforestation.
ABOVE: Courtesy of Leonora Calderón Hoffmann
Adriana Hoffmann, Botanist and Environmentalist, Dies at Age 82
Adriana Hoffmann, Botanist and Environmentalist, Dies at Age 82

Hoffmann traveled through Chile cataloging its rare flora. Later, she fought to defend the country’s forests from commercial deforestation.

Hoffmann traveled through Chile cataloging its rare flora. Later, she fought to defend the country’s forests from commercial deforestation.

ABOVE: Courtesy of Leonora Calderón Hoffmann

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More Than 9,000 Tree Species Await Scientific Description
Christie Wilcox | Feb 1, 2022
A new study of tree biodiversity estimates that Earth boasts 14 percent more tree species than previous efforts have identified.
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Researchers Identify 14 New Shrew Species 
Chloe Tenn | Jan 5, 2022
The discovery, made on the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia, constitutes an exceptionally high number of new mammals to be described in a single paper.
Deep-Sea Jelly Reignites Debate on Remote Species Identification
Max Kozlov | Mar 1, 2021
Researchers say they have discovered a novel species of comb jelly using video footage, but they couldn’t recover a physical specimen. Is that enough?
Researchers Propose Automating the Naming of Novel Microbes
Jef Akst | Mar 1, 2021
With modern technologies unearthing novel bacterial and archaeal species by the dozens, hundreds, or even thousands, manually naming them all is no longer practical, scientists say.
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.
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Image of the Day: New Tyrannosauroid
Chia-Yi Hou | May 7, 2019
Fossils of two dinosaur skeletons found in New Mexico are from a species new to science that lived 92 million years ago.
Mysterious Killer Whales Observed off Chilean Coast
Carolyn Wilke | Mar 8, 2019
These Type D killer whales have blunter heads and a different color pattern than other orcas. A new species designation hinges on the results of genetic testing.
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: 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
Image of the Day: Frog Leaps Away from Extinction 
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Jan 3, 2018
A once critically endangered species of leaf frog has made a comeback. 
The New Species of 2017
Jef Akst | Dec 26, 2017
A sampling of some of the fascinating critters identified by scientists this year
Opinion: Birds of a Feather?
Geoffrey E. Hill | Mar 9, 2017
Taking into account the interaction of nuclear and mitochondrial genes in birds holds the promise of more objectively defining what constitutes a species.
SUNY-ESF’s Top 10 New Species 2016
Tanya Lewis | May 24, 2016
A look at State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry scientists’ picks
New Carnivorous Mammal Discovered
Chris Palmer | Aug 15, 2013
The olinguito, misidentified by zookeepers and museum curators for nearly a century, is the first new carnivorous mammal discovered in the Western Hemisphere in 35 years.
Top New Species Announced
Jef Akst | May 24, 2013
The International Institute for Species Exploration at Arizona State University reveals its list of the top 10 new species of 2012.
New Genus of Bat
Jef Akst | Apr 11, 2013
In South Sudan, researchers discover another specimen that they’ve classified into an entirely new genus of the flying mammal.
Tiny Chameleons, Woeful Names
Hannah Waters | Feb 16, 2012
Researchers discovered four mini chameleon species in Madagascar that are fighting to survive.