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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 bright orange spots on its sides,” said Luis German Naranjo, WWF Colombia‘s conservation director. Naranjo and a team of scientists were surveying…

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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. “They almost look like cockroaches with a narrow front end,” said Gavin Svenson, curator of invertebrate…

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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 Araguaia River Basin in central Brazil. The marine mammals were found to be isolated from other…

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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 Center couldn’t figure out what type of animal (or fungus) was building it. When scientist Troy Alexander…

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December 23, 2013: Meeting Mr. Everest, Singing Songs in Space and More

Every week, embark with host Boyd Matson on an exploration of the latest discoveries and interviews with some of the most fascinating people on the planet, on National Geographic Weekend. Please check listings near you to find the best way to listen to National Geographic Weekend on radio, or listen below! Hour 1 – A dozen years ago, Pete Athans, nicknamed “Mr….

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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 to Conservation International (CI), the group that made the discovery. The new fish description was…

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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 an expedition high in the páramo ecosystem of the Venezuelan Andes—at elevations above 12,450 feet (3,800 meters)—where most species of…

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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 the Boki Mekot rat (Halmaheramys bokimekot), while on an expedition to Halmahera in 2010. When lead researcher…

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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 the Boki Mekot rat (Halmaheramys bokimekot), while on an expedition to Halmahera in 2010. When lead researcher…

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