Introducing

  1. Lord Howe stick insects
    Animals

    The Lord Howe stick insect is officially back from the dead

    New genomic sequencing confirms that stick insects discovered near Lord Howe Island are the assumed-extinct Lord Howe stick insect.

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  2. Matheronodon provincialis
    Paleontology

    New dinosaur sported a curious set of chompers

    Matheronodon provincialis, a newly described dinosaur, munched on tough plants with big scissors for teeth.

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  3. yellow sea snake
    Animals

    This sea snake looks like a banana and hunts like a Slinky

    A newly identified sea snake subspecies is known to live in a single gulf off the Pacific coast of Costa Rica.

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  4. illustration of an ancient arrow worm
    Paleontology

    This ancient sea worm sported a crowd of ‘claws’ around its mouth

    A newly discovered species of arrow worm that lived over half a billion years ago had about twice as many head spines as its modern kin.

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  5. Hyalinobatrachium yaku glass frog
    Animals

    This glass frog wears its heart for all to see

    A newly discovered glass frog species has skin so clear that it reveals most of the animal’s internal organs, including the heart.

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  6. Zuul dino skull and illustration
    Paleontology

    New dinosaur resurrects a demon from Ghostbusters

    The most complete skeleton of an ankylosaur shows an armored, club-tailed dinosaur with a head like a Ghostbusters demon.

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  7. worm-snail
    Animals

    New worm-snail is a super slimer

    New worm-snail species shoots snot to snag a snack.

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  8. Daspletosaurus horneri tyrannosaur
    Paleontology

    New tyrannosaur had a sensitive side

    Tyrannosaurs may have had sensitive snouts that detected temperature and touch.

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  9. Geckolepis megalepis before and after shedding scales
    Animals

    Detachable scales turn this gecko into an escape artist

    A new species of gecko evades predators by shedding its scaly armor.

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  10. illustration of a mud dragon
    Paleontology

    Dragon dinosaur met a muddy end

    ‘Mud dragon’ fossil discovered in China suggests that dinosaurs’ last days were an active time of evolution.

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  11. Sediment layers
    Earth

    The southern San Andreas has a smaller, neighboring fault to its west

    The newly-discovered Salton Trough Fault runs parallel to the southern San Andreas Fault in California, potentially affecting the region’s earthquake risk.

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  12. Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument
    Oceans

    First U.S. ocean monument named in the Atlantic

    A region of ocean off the coast of Cape Cod has become the first U.S. marine national monument in the Atlantic Ocean, President Barack Obama announced.

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