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December 30, 2018 - Mother Jones

Exploding Ants, Rainbow Slugs, and Tiny Seahorses: 11 New Species Discovered This Year

Exploding Ants, Rainbow Slugs, and Tiny Seahorses: 11 New Species Discovered This Year
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Considering there are nearly eight billion people on Earth, and that more and more species are being pushed into extinction by climate change, habitat destruction, and pollution, it may seem like there would be few species left for humans to discover. In fact, there could be up to a trillion species on the planet, 99.999 percent of which have yet to be recognized by science, a 2016 study published in the Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences found.

Each year, slowly but surely, hundreds of new species join the list of known creatures inhabiting this pale blue dot. Here are some of the strangest, cutest, and otherwise noteworthy species discovered in 2018.

VA: It is almost 20 years ago that the Voyager 1 spacecraft looked back at our solar system and snapped the first-ever pictures of the planets from its perch at that time beyond Neptune. Planet earth was seen as a "pale blue dot".

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