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Something old, something new

| March 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Those teachers concerned about the rapid rise of the extinction of many species in the natural world should take heart. Last year around the world, reports the Global Post online, scientists, researchers and amateur nature lovers discovered 15 000 new species.

The Post selected its ‘top 12’. First, Bassaricyon neblina, olinguito, the carnivorous raccoon of the Andes; second, Tometes camunani, the vegetarian piranha of the Amazon; and third, Siats meekerorum, the top predatory dinosaur before T-Rex. In fourth, fifth and sixth places respectively are a Cambodian tailorbird, a transparent Croatian snail and a leaf-tailed Australian gecko.

A reclusive porcupine was discovered in the mountains of Brazil and a giant flying squirrel in Laos. The Amazon and Brazil yielded up other new treasures: a giant air-breathing fish and a cute-looking wild cat no bigger than a house tabby. From California comes a new species of legless lizard, and from Indonesia a walking shark. Take time to learn more about these creatures with your students and set them a challenge to discover some new species themselves!

Category: Autumn 2014

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