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  1. This Is A New Species of Fish Legitimately Named After Star Wars’ Greedo

    And it shot first.

    Greedo, son of Greedo the Elder, Rodian bounty hunter, and... fish?

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  2. New Species of Wacky Monkey-Porcupine Hybrid Discovered In Brazil

    It has a fancy name, but we're going with "monkey-pine."

    Biologists from the Federal University of Paraíba in Brazil have discovered a new species of porcupine that - to the uninitiated - basically just looks like an amazing, pug-nosed, spiky monkey.

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  3. Close To 500 New Species Discovered In The Amazon, Including A Purring Cat-Monkey

    Ikea Monkey is so definitely jealous.

    Thanks to an intrepid team of scientists and the WWF, we know just a little bit more about our amazing planet. During a four-year expedition to the previously unexplored interior of the Amazon Rainforest, the team discovered 441 new species of life - including a purring monkey!

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  4. New Mammal Species Discovered In Western Hemisphere For The First Time in 35 Years and It’s Adorable

    Who's a widdle carnivorous South American mammal species? You are! Yes you are!

    New species of insects, amphibians, or fish are to the natural world like what Starbucks are to major urban areas. ll you have to do is start walking in any direction and you will eventually find one. New mammal species are trickier to find, but recent research published in ZooKeys takes note of a newly discovered critter, the olinguito.

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  5. Because Nature’s Terrifying, Here Are Some Newly Discovered Giant Fluorescent Pink Slugs

    Do we even have to mention that they were found in Australia, or is that just a given?

    Save for the creatures in the furthest depths of the ocean and a couple of Amazonian insect species, Australia pretty much has the market cornered on incredibly weird animals. Hell, their national symbol, the kangaroo, is basically a giant distended bunny rabbit with a built-in fanny pack and a penchant for punching people in the head. It shouldn't come as any surprise, then, that when rangers with the National Parks and Wildlife Services in Australia started to explore the Mount Kaputar region of New South Wales, they found a few new species that are just straight up unsettling, including cannibalistic snails and enormous pink slugs.

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  6. Lightning Roaches and Tiny Frogs and Itty-Bitty Violets, Oh My: The Top 10 Species Discovered Last Year

    An international group of taxonomists names the ten coolest species discovered by scientists in the last year.

    New species are being discovered every day, all around the world. Some, like the tiny frog above, are hidden among debris on the forest floor, while others are hiding in plain sight on museum shelves, just waiting to be described by researchers. Since there are so many species being discovered, it's only natural that someone try and determine which among them are the best species. It's in that spirit that we bring you the top ten new species discovered in the last year, as appointed by an international group of taxonomists and presented by the International Institute for Species Exploration at Arizona State University.

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  7. Sanctuary for Giant Pandas Also Home to Newly Discovered Tiny Spiders

    These tiny spiders prove that no matter how small a spider is, they're really freaky looking up close.

    One of the great things about setting aside land as a sanctuary for one creature is that it helps to preserve a whole ecosystem full of plants and animals -- some of which we may not even know exist yet. Take for example the two new species of spider -- both among the world's tiniest -- that were just discovered on the grounds of a panda sanctuary in southwest China. One of these little guys averages less than a millimeter across. You could eat, like, 50 of them in your sleep and never even know it!

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  8. Tiny Amazonian Spider Builds Decoys of Larger Spiders

    Bad news, arachnophobes. Biologists working in the Peruvian Amazon believe they may have discovered a new species of spider -- a tiny spider that builds decoys of larger spiders in its web, and manipulates them like puppets. Puppets that are even more terrifying than regular puppets, because they look like spiders.. Commence being creeped out for very good

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  9. If You Want to Find a New Species, Go to a Museum, Not Outside

    Great news for indoor-kids who still want to discover new species of life: Most new species are described in labs and museums an average of 21 years after they were initially collected. A study shows that everything we thought we knew about discovering new life was wrong. We're okay with that. We'd rather go to a museum than a rain forest anyway.

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  10. New Species of Sea Snake Discovered Sitting on Museum Shelf for Over 100 Years

    Earlier this year, snake researchers Johan Elmberg and Arne Rasmussen were looking through a collection of sea snakes perserved in jars of formaldehyde in the bowels of Copenhagen's Natural History Museum -- you know, like ya do -- when they came upon a pair of very different looking snakes bearing the same specimen name. Something smelled wrong to the pair, and it wasn't just the gallons upon gallons of formaldehyde and dead snake. That began a search for proof that one of the snakes was a species never before described by science that ended today with the introduction of a new species to the books.

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  11. Scientists Discover the Fabled ‘Vampire Dwarf’… Dinosaur!?

    A new report out of the University of Chicago provides the first insight on a new species of Dinosaur that sounds like the coolest, most terrifying creature to ever roam the face of this planet. The Pegomastax africanus was about the size of your average house cat, was covered in pointy spines, and had a pair of Dracula-esque giant canine teeth. I like to call to call it "Vampire-Dwarfosaurus".

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  12. Science Just Discovered a New Monkey; Meet the Lesula

    Pictured here looking for all the world like it just wants to hear about your day and maybe fix you a cup of tea, the lesula, or Cercopithecus lomamiensis, has been known to locals in the Democratic Republic of Congo for generations, but was only described by science this week in the journal PLos ONE. The study is the culmination of six year of work by an international team of researchers. That work, which ranged from tracking down lesula carcasses left behind by leopards to trapping live specimens for study to the comparatively simple job of sequencing and comparing DNA, has all paid off, marking the first discovery of a new primate species in Africa in 28 years.

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  13. New Species of Lizard Discovered on Restaurant Menu

    A new species of all-female lizard that reproduces via cloning has been discovered in the most unlikely of places: On the menus of small rural Vietnamese diners.

    Ngo Van Tri, researcher of the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, apparently first saw the lizard, now named Leiolepis ngovantrii, in tanks at a diner at which he was eating. He noticed all of the lizards were female, and contacted friend and herpetologist Dr. Lee Grismer, who then flew out to the restaurant in order to confirm the discovery. The restaurant owner said he'd keep a stash of the creatures waiting for the team.

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