Dinosaurs had a banner year in 2015. Several new species were unearthed, each revealing some interesting characteristics of these fascinating prehistoric creatures.
A new identification key highlights 74 species of cuckoo wasps -- wasps known for their propensity to steal other insects' nests, as cuckoo birds do with other birds -- found in the Nordic and Baltic countries. This includes the "Northern" cuckoo wasp (Chrysis borealis), which is new to science.
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.
The Hawaiian Haleakala volcano is home to a wide variety of species that occupy their own ecological niche. In a recent study, Cornell researchers identified 116 beetles native to this region, 74 of which are new to science.
Researchers from University of Queensland have identified one of Australia's newest dinosaurs, Kunbarrasaurus. This dinosaur's unique characteristics suggest it is a distinctly different species than previously classified.
A new genus of plant bug, plus four new species from Australia were recently identified.
Three new toad species were recently discovered in a remote area of Brazil. The relatively small and warty critters have distinctive red markings and create a poisonous skin chemical through processes of digestion.
Using three male and three female sand flies from a Brazilian state park, researchers have unveiled a new species of the pesky, disease-carrying bugs.
Two new satyr butterflies, one of which was named after the iconic naturalist named David Attenborough, were recently found hidden among lowland tropical forests in a remote region of the upper Amazon basin.
A new snake species with oversized pitch black eyes and a distinct yellow belly suggests there are still unique animals hiding in the Andes.
Scientists from Ghent University have reevaluated the biodiversity of Persian dwarf snakes and found there are actually six different species, rather than just one.
Camouflage is a adaptable trait used not only to hide from predators, but to sneak up on prey. Researchers recently revealed horned praying mantises have re-evolved with disruptive camouflage abilities, similar to those found in ancient lineages of the iconic insects.