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Common Costa Rican frog species consists of several ‘cryptic’ species

Common Costa Rican frog species consists of several ‘cryptic’ species

Science
April 11 (UPI) -- Scientists have discovered multiple "cryptic" species hiding inside a common Costa Rican frog species. Warszewitsch's frog is found in Costa Rica, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama. But according to a new study, not all Lithobates warszewitschii frogs are the same. Scientists in Britain and Costa Rica used an analysis technique called DNA barcoding to compare snippets of DNA samples collected from dozens of Warszewitsch's frog specimens collected from three different locations in Costa Rica and Panama. Genetic sequences from the specimens' mitochondria, the DNA powerhouses inside animal cells, revealed significant intraspecies diversity. The analysis showed the common species houses several cryptic species within it. Cryptic species are groups within a single classified s...
Hostel security guard arrested after American woman's body found in Costa Rica

Hostel security guard arrested after American woman's body found in Costa Rica

World
A security guard at the hostel where an American woman was staying during her last night in Costa Rica has been arrested in connection with her death, local authorities said Tuesday. Carla Stefaniak was last heard from on Nov. 27, the night before her 36th birthday, her family told ABC News. The Miami resident traveled to Costa Rica on Thanksgiving Day to celebrate her birthday with her sister-in-law, April Burton, but decided to stay an extra day after Burton returned to Florida on Nov. 27, the family said. Late Tuesday, Stefaniak's family confirmed that a body found decomposing in a wooded area about 1,000 feet away from her hostel in San Jose indeed was hers. Bismarck Espinoza Martinez, a 32-year-old Nicaraguan security guard who lived in the room next to Stefaniak's at the hostel, ...
Atletico Madrid 1-1 Barcelona: Late goals from Diego Costa and Ousmane Dembele result in score draw

Atletico Madrid 1-1 Barcelona: Late goals from Diego Costa and Ousmane Dembele result in score draw

Sports
HONOURS EVEN Costa broke the deadlock after 77 minutes before Dembele equalised on 90 Ousmane Dembele scored a last-gasp equaliser as LaLiga leaders Barcelona denied Atletico Madrid top spot by snatching a 1-1 draw at the Wanda Metropolitano. Diego Costa’s 77th-minute header had looked like taking Atletico above the champions but a previously dull game came to life in the latter stages. Ousmane Dembele celebrated his equaliser with Luis Suarez Dembele had the final word when his deflected strike found its way into the net in the last minute. The result ensured Barca stayed ahead of Atletico at the top but Sevilla could now move above them before the end of the weekend. The clash largely failed to live up to expectations an...
World Cup: Switzerland ties Costa Rica; knockout round next

World Cup: Switzerland ties Costa Rica; knockout round next

Sports
NIZHNY NOVGOROD -- Switzerland drew a Group E match versus Costa Rica 2-2 on Wednesday, taking the second position in the group and getting into knockouts of the FIFA World Cup 2018 championship. The teams played the match in Nizhny Novgorod. Swiss midfielder Blerim Dzemali and forward Josip Drmic scored the goals at the 31st and 85th minutes respectively. In the Cosa Rican team, the goals were bagged by Kendall Watson [56] and Brian Ruiz [90+3, penalty goal]. Switzerland have gotten five points and moved on to the next round where they will play versus Sweden, the winner in Group F. The match will take place at 17:00 hours Moscow Standard Time [14:00 hours UTC]. Brazil has taken the first position in Group E with seven points. On July 2, it will face Mexico in Samara. The Swiss have nev...
Costa scores fortuitous goal as Spain survive Iran scare – report & highlights

Costa scores fortuitous goal as Spain survive Iran scare – report & highlights

Sports
Media playback is not supported on this device Spain edged out a gallant Iran in an absorbing contest to ensure they will reach the World Cup knockout stage with a draw in their final group game.The 2010 champions needed a fortuitous Diego Costa goal after half-time, having been frustrated in an opening period in which they had 81% of possession.Iran, who defended admirably until the ball ricocheted in off Costa, instantly showed more intent and thought they had levelled, only for Saeid Ezatolahi's strike to be ruled out for offside. Carlos Queiroz's Iran side had gone...