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Weird Discoveries of 2015

Dec 30, 2015 06:56 PM EST
Anglerfish, Lasiognathus Regan, from Gulf of Mexico
In 2015, many odd things were found or learned. One of them was the deep-water anglerfish at left, which was discovered by researchers from Florida's Nova Southeastern University, including Tracey Sutton, Ph.D.
(Photo : Photo : Theodore Pietsch, Ph.D. University of Washington)

This year has been lively and full of discovery and weirdness, with many prehistoric findings and the chance to learn about some seriously strange animals. Some of these crazy stories included:

A bobcat was buried with humans 2000 years ago.

Scientists in Malaysia realized that we can see black leopards' spots by using digital cameras to shoot images of them.

In an act of re-use, an outdoor music festival in Denmark fertilized nearby hop fields with urine from its bathrooms. The hops will be included in beer served in subsequent years at the festival.

Eels showed up in a parking lot in Bangor, Maine.

Certain kinds of sharks are bouncy or buoyant.

A large herd of deer in upstate New York state, isolated for decades on a former military supply reserve, are almost entirely white in color -- they are leucistic, which means they still have dark-colored eyes but are white.

A small shark was discovered that lives off the coast of Central America and has light-up cells.

A very strange, tiny anglerfish was discovered deep in the Gulf of Mexico. This is one of several types of fish that have "fishing lines" attached to their bodies, with which they lure in prey. 

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