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Colorful Characters: Top 10 Species of 2012

Lofty Poppy

One of the top 10 new species, the Nepalese autumn poppy, or <em>Meconopsis autumnalis</em>, shown here flowering in the wild at more than 13,000 feet (4,000 meters) in Nepal, Himalaya.

(Image credit: Paul Egan)

One of the top 10 new species, the Nepalese autumn poppy, or Meconopsis autumnalis, shown here flowering in the wild at more than 13,000 feet (4,000 meters) in Nepal, Himalaya.

Jeanna Bryner
Live Science Editor-in-Chief

Jeanna is the editor-in-chief of Live Science. Previously, she was an assistant editor at Scholastic's Science World magazine. Jeanna has an English degree from Salisbury University, a master's degree in biogeochemistry and environmental sciences from the University of Maryland, and a graduate science journalism degree from New York University. She has worked as a biologist in Florida, where she monitored wetlands and did field surveys for endangered species. She also received an ocean sciences journalism fellowship from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.