Zoology

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Discovered in the deep: the extraordinary sawshark with a weapon-like snout
With the help of fishers in Madagascar and Tanzania, scientists named two new species of rare sixgill sawsharks

Helen Scales

07, Dec, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Discovered in the deep: is this the world’s longest animal?
A submersible off the coast of Western Australia chanced upon a 45-metre-long deep-sea siphonophore arranged in a feeding spiral, trailing its deadly tentacles

Helen Scales

30, Nov, 2022 @6:00 AM

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‘The sheer scale is extraordinary’: meet the titanosaur that dwarfs Dippy the diplodocus
One of the largest creatures to have walked the Earth is to become the Natural History Museum’s new star attraction

Robin McKie Science Editor

26, Nov, 2022 @1:00 PM

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Discovered in the deep: the squid that makes a decoy out of its own skin
Self-camouflage is just one of the tricks of Brenner’s bobtail squid, a newly found species that is also helping research into microbes in the human gut

Helen Scales

23, Nov, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Tyrannosaurus rex skull expected to fetch £13m at US auction
Fossil named Maximus unearthed in South Dakota rated one of most complete T rex skulls ever found

Rupert Neate

08, Nov, 2022 @4:31 PM

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Discovered in the deep: the rainbow fish that’s born female and becomes male
Scientists in the Maldives were only able to reach the rose-veiled fairy wrasse by using specialised diving gear

Helen Scales

19, Oct, 2022 @5:00 AM

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Discovered in the deep: the ‘forest of the weird’
More than a mile beneath the Pacific Ocean, is a seascape of oddly shaped corals and a glass sponge named after ET

Helen Scales

11, Oct, 2022 @5:00 AM

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Discovered in the deep: the sea cucumber that lives a jellyfish life
The Pelagothuria natatrix is an extremely rare species of sea cucumber – with a gelatinous body, it spends most of its time swimming

Helen Scales

03, Oct, 2022 @5:00 AM

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Discovered in the deep: the crustacean with eyes for a head
Shrimp-like Cystisoma are protected from predators by being virtually invisible – thanks to unique retina and a body that casts almost no shadow

Helen Scales

14, Sep, 2022 @5:30 AM

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Discovered in the deep: the ‘Elvis worms’ that sparkle in the darkness
In 2020, scientists found sparkling Peinaleopolynoe on hydothermal vents in the eastern Pacific – and were irresistibly reminded of the king of rock’n’roll

Helen Scales

07, Sep, 2022 @5:00 AM

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Male dolphins form lifelong bonds that help them find mates, research finds
In behaviour only previously seen in humans, ‘social brain’ helps dolphins form complex alliances to see off their rivals for females

Sofia Quaglia

29, Aug, 2022 @7:00 PM

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‘The whole embryo was there’: expert makes rare find on Sheffield museum opening day
Dean Lomax identifies probably oldest known vertebrate embryo from UK at Yorkshire Natural History Museum

Mark Brown North of England correspondent

15, Aug, 2022 @2:40 PM

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