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New small, neon fish species discovered

New small, neon fish species discovered

Science
Sept. 25 (UPI) -- Scientists aren't sure how a fish this brightly colored went undiscovered for so long. But it did. Tosanoides aphrodite, a new coral fish species, was described for the first time this week in the journal ZooKeys. Scientists discovered the neon species among the reefs of St. Paul's Rocks, an archipelago off the coast of Brazil. Perhaps it is the species' remote home in the middle of the equatorial Atlantic that made the fish so elusive. But once scientists spotted the bright pink, yellow and green fish, they couldn't look away. "This is one of the most beautiful fishes I've ever seen," Luiz Rocha, curator of fishes at the California Academy of Sciences, said in a news release. "It was so enchanting it made us ignore everything around it." Genetic analysis confirmed the ...
Ptolemaic period sphinx statue discovered at Egyptian temple

Ptolemaic period sphinx statue discovered at Egyptian temple

World
Sept. 16 (UPI) -- An Egyptian archaeological mission discovered a sphinx statue made of sandstone at a temple in the city of Aswan. Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa al-Waziri announced Sunday that the statue was found on the southeastern side of Kom Ombo Temple and likely dates back to the Ptolemaic period. Director General of Aswan Antiquities Abdel Moneim Said added the mission will continue to study the statue to determine why it was crafted and its historical significance. The temple was the same site where two sandstone tablets belonging to King Ptolemy V were discovered in August. One of the tablets was dome-shaped and topped with a sun disk with the image of Ptolemy XII and his wife Cleopatra V and their daughters. It also contained 29 lines of hiero...
Hybrid snakes with ability to live in various areas unexpectedly discovered: Study

Hybrid snakes with ability to live in various areas unexpectedly discovered: Study

Technology
While examining the invasive python population in Florida, researchers stumbled across the unexpected: a kind of hybrid super snake. A small number of the invasive pythons were found to be a crossbreed between two separate species, the Burmese and Indian pythons, and what's more is that this hybrid snake has the potential to thrive in new environments, according to a new study conducted by scientists with the United States Geological Survey (USGS). “We found that out of 400 Burmese pythons investigated, 13 had mitochondrial genetic signatures from the Indian python, a separate species,” Margaret Hunter, a research geneticist at USGS who led the study, told ABC News. Researchers were analyzing the tail tissue from roughly 400 Burmese pythons captured between 2001 and 2012 ...
New species of armoured dinosaur discovered

New species of armoured dinosaur discovered

Technology
A fossil of a new species of armoured dinosaur has been discovered in Utah, changing how scientists believe the animals evolved. It took almost four years to prepare and analyse the medium-sized dinosaur's skeleton, which is 13-16ft long (4-5m) and about 42 inches (1.5m) tall at the hip, and one of the most complete ever discovered in this region of the US.Armoured dinosaurs, or ankylosauridae, existed exclusively in the northern hemisphere before they became extinct 66 million years ago. Image: A crew from the Natural History Museum of Utah excavated the dinosaur's bones. Pic: NHMU Fossils have been found in North America, East Asia and Europe, and the three regions have different forms of armour to differentiate...
Giant canyons discovered in Antarctica

Giant canyons discovered in Antarctica

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your device Scientists have discovered three vast canyons in one of the last places to be explored on Earth - under the ice at the South Pole. The deep troughs run for hundreds of kilometres, cutting through tall mountains - none of which are visible at the snowy surface of the continent. Dr Kate Winter from Northumbria University, UK, and colleagues found the hidden features with radar. Her team says the canyons play a key role in controlling the flow of ice. And if Antarctica thins in a warming climate, as scientists suspect it will, then these channels could accelerate mass towards the ocean, further raising sea-levels. "These troughs channelise ice from the centre of the continent, taking it towards the coa...