From sneezing monkeys, super-small snails, to snakes, 'ninja' sharks, soul-sucking wasps and ancient, armored sea scorpions, 2015 has been a year full of new species. In case you missed the animals recently found hidden among some of the most diverse habitats, Nature World News has a recap for you.
A meter-long shell belonging to a glyptodont – a giant prehistoric kind of armadillo – was found recently along a riverbank in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Fossil remains of a five-foot-long tortoise suggest the Andes Mountains sat less than a kilometer above sea level 13 million years ago, when the climate was much wetter than it is today. Understanding the past could help researchers predict future climate changes.
Thanks to California’s ongoing drought, nearly 888 million trees have experienced drought-related stress since 2011. Of these trees, 58 million have reached dangerous water-loss thresholds, researchers say.
Researchers have noted that the removal of some dams has helped songbirds and other wildlife rebound faster than expected.
Harvard researchers created a mathematical model that helps explain how animals get their stripes and why they are oriented in certain patterns.
Contact, rather than waterborne chemical signals, induces sex change in marine snails known as slipper limpets.
Following the mass extinction of dinosaurs, mammals were able to rapidly diversify and radiate without the threat of predation.
A deadly pathogen that causes skin lesions is threatening European salamander populations and is spreading to parts of Asia, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany. A recent study highlights new conservation methods employed to ensure the deadly pathogen doesn't spread to North America, a hotspot for salamander biodiversity.
Utah's Henry Mountains is home to a viable population of genetically pure, disease-free American bison. Researchers say this could open new doors for improved conservation of these animals, which were recently named the U.S. National Mammal.
Blue jays are adorned with striking blue feathers that never fade. It turns out birds are able avoid going gray – unlike humans – because their feathers contain sophisticated nanostructures that reflect light better than pigmentation.
Fossils of a 508 million-year-old shrimp-like creature known as "Waptia" were discovered in China carrying several eggs with embryos. This find represents the earliest known evidence of brood care, researchers say.
Not much is known about fishing snakes; however, a recent discovery of three new species may help scientists shed some light on the already elusive creatures.
A new dinosaur species with a "sail" on its back was recently unearthed in northeastern Spain. Researchers say this mysterious "sail" helped the dinosaur regulate its body temperature or store fat.
Six new clawed frog species were recently found in Central and West Africa. These amphibians are particularly unique, in that they inherit all of their mother's and fathers' genes instead of half from each. Researchers continue to search for the "lost ancestor" that gave rise to this genetically diverse species.