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An interesting amphibian. Up my way we have the mudpuppy. It likely out weights the Floridian siren(s). I've seen them at > 16". They have the same externa gills typical of an amphibian that rarely leaves the water. The buggers steal your bait when fishing w minnows on Lake Erie.
https://www.arkive.org/common-mudpuppy/necturus-maculosus/
 
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A new diminutive delight.

Indian researchers have discovered a new species of frog - in a roadside puddle.

Sonali Garg, a PhD student at Delhi University, and her supervisor SD Biju found the new species in the Western Ghats, a biodiversity hotspot in southern India. The species belongs to a new Indian frog group or genus which the scientists have named Mysticellus. The name is derived from Latin and means mysterious and diminutive.

The scientists discovered the narrow-mouthed frog after three years of extensive explorations, and have confirmed that it represents an entirely new species and genus of microhylid frogs.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-47208169
 
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Nice new Tarantula.

Scientists discover bizarre tarantula with a soft HORN protruding from the back of its head
  • Researchers discovered the horned tarantulas during surveys in central Angola
  • Though other horned spiders exist, new species is unique in that its horn is soft
  • It hunts insects, is equipped with venom that isn't typically dangerous to humans
PUBLISHED: 23:23, 12 February 2019 | UPDATED: 23:23, 12 February 2019

A new species of tarantula discovered in Angola is quite unlike anything scientists have seen before. The unusual creature boasts a long, backward-facing horn that juts from its head – and, unlike other so-called unicorn spiders, the Angola species’ protuberance is completely soft. Researchers say the new tarantula belongs to a group known as the horned baboon spiders, though the purpose of its strange horn is so far still a mystery.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/science...uding-head.html?ito=social-twitter_mailonline
 

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Thanks for all the info Lordmongrove. These are some fascinating posts. Sad about the Tapanuli orang-utan, but I do wonder about the veracity of the claim a little (it seems a bit convenient given the context), but saving the wilderness in Indonesia is still very important. I also liked the horned tarantula Ramon, freaky tho it was. But still no Bigfoot huh?
 
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Research team ‘wakes up’ mammoth cell nuclei

The Yomiuri ShimbunNew findings indicate that the resurrection of mammoths is not a fantasy, a research team including members from Kindai University is saying, after cell nuclei extracted from the 28,000-year-old remains of a woolly mammoth were discovered to retain some function.

When placed in the ova of mice, the nuclei developed to a state just before cellular division, according to a paper published Monday in the British journal Scientific Reports.

The team includes researchers from Japanese and Russian universities. It has been working for about 20 years on a project to use cloning to resurrect mammoths, an animal that has long been extinct.

The cell nuclei used in the team’s recent findings were extracted from musculature and other tissue from Yuka, an about 3.5-meter-long female woolly mammoth excavated nearly intact in 2010 from permafrost in Siberia. When inserted into mouse ova, five out of 43 nuclei were observed to develop to a point just before the nuclei would split in two as a result of cell division.

Cell nuclei contain DNA, the so-called blueprint for life, and mouse ova have been confirmed in experiments to have a reparative function for DNA. It is said to be possible that the mammoth’s DNA, damaged as a result of being frozen for a long time, was repaired and its biological functions invigorated.

However, the predivision development stopped before completion in all the ova.

http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0005600484
 

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Research team ‘wakes up’ mammoth cell nuclei

The Yomiuri ShimbunNew findings indicate that the resurrection of mammoths is not a fantasy, a research team including members from Kindai University is saying, after cell nuclei extracted from the 28,000-year-old remains of a woolly mammoth were discovered to retain some function.

When placed in the ova of mice, the nuclei developed to a state just before cellular division, according to a paper published Monday in the British journal Scientific Reports.

The team includes researchers from Japanese and Russian universities. It has been working for about 20 years on a project to use cloning to resurrect mammoths, an animal that has long been extinct.

The cell nuclei used in the team’s recent findings were extracted from musculature and other tissue from Yuka, an about 3.5-meter-long female woolly mammoth excavated nearly intact in 2010 from permafrost in Siberia. When inserted into mouse ova, five out of 43 nuclei were observed to develop to a point just before the nuclei would split in two as a result of cell division.

Cell nuclei contain DNA, the so-called blueprint for life, and mouse ova have been confirmed in experiments to have a reparative function for DNA. It is said to be possible that the mammoth’s DNA, damaged as a result of being frozen for a long time, was repaired and its biological functions invigorated.

However, the predivision development stopped before completion in all the ova.

http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0005600484
Absolutely remarkable that mammoth cells are still capable of some biological activity after almost 30,000 years.
Sounds like creating a living, breathing baby mammoth is still a very long way off though.
 

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Not a cryptid. However, it is a tiny species of bat, first discovered in Greece in 2001, and then in Britain 9 years after that. Now it has been found in a different location and notably different habitat elsewhere in Britain.

Cute.

From a Fortean point of view, a mammal that is barely known to science despite there being a colony of them in Britain.


https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-47582943

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