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March 5, 2012

Spiny, Venomous New Sea Snake Discovered--"Something Special"

A new species of venomous sea snake mysteriously covered head to tail in spiny scales has been discovered in treacherous seas off northern Australia, a new study says.

Though some other sea snakes have spiky scales on their bellies, "no other [known] sea snake has this curious feature," study leader Kanishka Ukuwela, an ecologist at the University of Adelaide, said by email.

Normally snakes have smooth scales, but each of the newly named Hydrophis donaldi's scales has a spiny projection, he said.

February 29, 2012

Six-Legged Giant Finds Secret Hideaway, Hides for 80 Years

"They call it "Ball's Pyramid." It's what's left of an old volcano that emerged from the sea about 7 million years ago. A British naval officer named Ball was the first European to see it in 1788. It sits off Australia, in the South Pacific. It is extremely narrow, 1,844 feet high, and it sits alone.

What's more, for years this place had a secret. About half way up, at 225 feet above sea level, hanging on the rock surface, there is a small, spindly little bush and under that bush, a few years ago, two climbers, working in the dark, found something totally improbable hiding in the soil below. How it got there, we still don't know."

February 27, 2012

Miniature Chameleons Discovered: Fit on Match Tip

"Match-tip tiny, Brookesia micra is the smallest of four new chameleon species found on the African island country of Madagascar. With an average adult length of just over an inch (2.9 centimeters) from snout to tail, B. micra is among the tiniest reptiles in the world."

Russian scientists germinate ice-age seed

"Scientists in Russia have made a major breakthrough in permafrost research.

The team, whose work is based in Siberia, successfully germinated a flower from an ice-age seed which is about 32,000 years old."

Strange New Leaf-Nosed Bat Found in Vietnam

"A new species of bat whose face bristles with leaf-like protrusions has been discovered in Vietnam, a new study says."

January 12, 2012

Smallest Frog?

Claim About Tiny Frog Is Challenged