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“Strange” New Frog Found in Swimming Pool

A few weeks ago, a boy in eastern Colombia found more than just fun in his swimming pool—he discovered a new species of frog. The 1.5-inch-long (4-centimeter-long) frog “is rather strange-looking—it’s quite fat with short legs and ...

19 New Species of Speedy Praying Mantises Found

A scientist has discovered 19 new species of super-speedy praying mantises that roam Central and South America, a new study says. The insects belong to a group called bark mantises, which are flatter and broader than the more commonly known mantis. “...

New to Nat Geo: Ask Your Weird Animal Questions

Do you have a cuckoo question about cuckoos? Is a question about monkeys driving you ape? Want some crazy answers about crazy ants? Welcome to our inaugural column of Ask Your Weird Animal Questions, where we give you a chance ...

New Species of River Dolphin: Freshwater Species of the Week

Scientists in Brazil proposed a new species of river dolphin this week, the first such designation for the highly endangered group in a century. The proposed new species of river dolphin, the Araguaian boto (Inia araguaiaensis), was found in the ...

Mystery Picket Fence in Amazon Explained

The animal that built the strange picket fence structure has been found. Six months ago, visitors to the Peruvian Amazon discovered a mysterious picket fence structure nicknamed Silkhenge. Despite watching the structure for several days, naturalists at the Tambopata Research ...

Country’s First New Species of Fish Discovered

The science community welcomed a new species of fish today, called Eviota santanai. The striking, pinkish-mauve-and-white animal, a type of dwarf goby, was found off Timor-Leste (map), and is the first new species of fish found in the country, according ...

New Species of Fuzzy Daisy and Other Furry Flora

With chilly weather on the way, most of us are pulling our fuzzy coats out of the back of the closet. A new species of daisy already has itself covered—and what a cool-looking coat. Researchers found Coespeletia palustris during ...

How a Mysterious Tick Ended Up in a Scientist’s Nose

By Jennifer S. Holland Please forgive Tony Goldberg for picking his nose. That little itch turned out to be a tick, and he had to get it out of there. Ticks are, after all, known carriers of several nasty diseases. ...

How a Mysterious Tick Ended Up in a Scientist’s Nose

By Jennifer S. Holland Please forgive Tony Goldberg for picking his nose. That little itch turned out to be a tick, and he had to get it out of there. Ticks are, after all, known carriers of several nasty diseases. ...

New Species of Spiny Rat Found in Indonesia

In the remote mountain forests of Halmahera (map), the largest island of the Maluku archipelago in Indonesia lurks the newest member of the rodent family sporting spiky brown fur and a stubby tail. Scientists first discovered the distinctive rodent, called ...

New Species of Spiny Rat Found in Indonesia

In the remote mountain forests of Halmahera (map), the largest island of the Maluku archipelago in Indonesia lurks the newest member of the rodent family sporting spiky brown fur and a stubby tail. Scientists first discovered the distinctive rodent, called ...

4 Weird Legless Lizard Species Found

Four new species of legless lizard have been hiding in plain sight in gritty parts of southern California, including a railroad track, vacant city lots, oilfields, and even an airport runway, a new study says. Researchers don’t know much ...

4 Weird Legless Lizard Species Found

Four new species of legless lizard have been hiding in plain sight in gritty parts of southern California, including a railroad track, vacant city lots, oilfields, and even an airport runway, a new study says. Researchers don’t know much ...