The top 10 highlight global biodiversity — as well as a slew of interesting names.
Biodiversity is a contraction of the phrase "biological diversity," and refers to the variability of life within a species (judged by the variations in its genetic makeup), an ecosystem, a region and even across the planet. The biodiversity of the Amazon, one of the most biodiverse places on Earth, would include the terrestrial species found in the rainforest, the birds that fly in its skies and the aquatic creatures that swim in the Amazon River. But one could also examine the biodiversity of the Amazon River itself. Biodiversity varies widely across the globe, from places of high biodiversity, such as rainforests and coral reefs, and areas of lower biodiversity, such as agricultural fields. High biodiversity is often considered a sign of a healthy ecosystem, and many conservation efforts are aimed preserving biodiversity. Read below for stories on studies of biodiversity.
Scientific discovery takes patience, determination, focus and perseverance. And sometimes it also takes 2,879 Plasticine caterpillars.
The roly-poly West Indian manatee is doing so well that officials downgraded the species from endangered to threatened.
Scientists recently described two new species of clown tree frogs, re-evaluating how the frogs were previously identified.
A tree-dwelling Cropan's boa snake recently captured in Brazil is the first living specimen seen in 64 years.
A newly discovered gecko species belongs to a group with an unusual defensive strategy that might make your skin crawl.
A "Klingon newt" and a "Ziggy Stardust" snake are two of 163 new species recently discovered in Southeast Asia.
From lush wetlands to vast cave networks, the island of Cuba hosts ecosystems that are teeming with life.
From toxic toads to brilliant butterflies, Cuba hosts a diverse array of animals, many of which are unique to its island ecosystems.
The Global Seed Vault is a storage facility that safely stores the world's seeds in case of worldwide disaster.
Whale sharks, the largest fish alive today, are capable of far deeper dives than previously suspected.
The first wave of a lionfish invasion has struck in the Mediterranean, a region where the animals had not been established before.
From an insect with a raunchy name to one of the ugliest species in the world, there were approximately 18,000 newfound species named last year.
Researchers have attempted to use the laws of math to make an estimate of the treasure trove of species that call Earth home. The list includes both micro and macro life.
Thanks to a network of motion-activated camera traps, little-seen forest animals are taking a turn in the limelight.