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  • Two new crustacean species discovered on Galician seabed

    Eva Rodríguez Nieto | 19 September 2017 08:35

    The fauna of deep seabed tends to be relatively unknown due to the difficulty of collecting samples at great depths. A research team from the A Graña Marine Biology Station in Galicia undertook four oceanographic expeditions in the waters off the northwest coast of the Iberian Peninsula that have led to the discovery of several new species that inhabit the abyssal plains. Now they describe two...

  • The pool frog adapts its growth to Sweden's cold temperatures

    SINC | 05 April 2016 10:04

    Pool frog (Pelophylax lessonae) tadpoles have the amazing ability to grow at different rates depending on changes in temperature. A new study has revealed that this species, which requires relatively warm environments for breeding, speeds up its capacity for growth in Sweden during the warmest time of the year in order to take full advantage of short periods of high temperatures. This trait may...

  • A species of worm discovered in Iran reveals new information about its genitals

    SINC | 07 March 2016 10:15

    Scientists from Tarbiat Modares University (Iran), in collaboration with the researcher Sergio Álvarez from the University of Jaén (Spain), have discovered a new species of nematode –or roundworm– in Iran which belongs to the rare genus Diploscapteroides. The new species has been named Diploscapteroides persicus and is one of just seven species of worm identified to date that belong to this gen...

  • Two new species of frogs are discovered in Madagascar

    SINC | 11 January 2016 09:54

    The Tsaratanana Massif –the highest mountain on Madagascar and one of the island's most remote regions– is home to several indigenous species. Yet, the majority of these species remain unknown to science due to the fact that this woodland area is difficult to reach. Thanks to a European expedition to this area, however, a group of scientists has discovered, among other species, two new species...

  • All invasive parakeets come from a small region in South America

    SINC | 06 May 2015 10:17

    The parakeets that have invaded Europe and North America over the last forty to fifty years, creating massive nests in many urban areas, seem to have originated from the same small geographical area in South America. In addition, the invasive populations are genetically identical and are recognised by a relatively rare dominant haplotype in the source population. This has been the conclusion of...

  • The first European sea turtles became extinct due to changing sea levels

    SINC | 16 March 2015 08:38

    In Jaen in 2009 a team of scientists found the remains of what was, until then, the oldest turtle species in southern Europe at 160 million years old. But by reinterpreting the fossils, a Spanish researcher has proved that it is not a new species, but a group of very diverse turtles in Europe during the Jurassic Period, which disappeared due to changing sea levels.

  • New species of crustacean discovered in California


    SINC | 18 November 2013 09:45

    Scientists from the University of Seville and the Museum of Natural History in Canada have described in the journal ‘Zootaxa’ a new species of crustacean on the Californian coast. It is the first ‘micro-shrimp’ of the Liropus genus found in the northeast Pacific.

  • A new species of marine fish from 408 million years ago discovered in Teruel

    SINC | 30 May 2013 09:43

    Researchers from the University of Valencia and the Natural History Museum of Berlin have studied the fossilised remains of scales and bones found in Teruel and the south of Zaragoza, ascertaining that they belong to a new fish species called Machaeracanthus goujeti that lived in that area of the peninsula during the Devonian period. The fossils are part of the collection housed in the Palaeont...