160 new species discovered.

Atop the Malaysian mountain of Kinabalu, scientists have discovered a swath of new species, including that really pretty moth on the right.  :)  That’s an atlas moth (with a broken wing), now thought to be the biggest in the world!

About 160 new species have been discovered on a mountain in Borneo, researchers reported Thursday.

Fungi and spiders dominate the new species on Mount Kinabalu, the Malaysian and Dutch researchers said, but there are also new beetles and snails on the creature list and ferns on the plant list.

A frog the researchers found may also prove to be new once DNA testing is done, they said.

“While the detailed scientific work will take years, we already know that many of these species are new to science,” researcher József Geml said in a press release.

There’s still so much yet to discover in this wonderful, splendiferous, complex world of ours.  There’s a lot we need to fix, but life is still an adventure and there is no shortage of beauty all around us.  :)

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • invivoMark

    … an inordinate fondness for beetles.


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