I was flipping thru channels late the other night when I saw Dr. Ted Daeschler and Tiktaalik on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report. I missed the first few minutes but was happy to find the entire interview available on Comedy Central’s site.
If you missed it definitely check this out - it was great!
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Okay, so this isn’t exactly a “new” species story but it’s interesting nonetheless.
The first Polar bear / Grizzly bear hybrid found in the wild has been genetically confirmed to be the offspring of a female polar bear and a male Grizzly bear. A man who paid somewhere around $50,000 to hunt Polar bears shot and killed the male bear back in April.
Some names floating around are Polargrizz, Grolar bear, Nanaluk, Pizzly, or simply half-breed. What would you name this new hybrid species? And do you think this is a sign of things to come or just a fluke?
Here’s another newly discovered fossil from Patagonia, Argentina. What makes it special is that it’s now one of the of the most primitive snakes known, and it slithered with two legs!
Researchers say the snake’s anatomy and the location of the fossil show it lived on land, and was possibly a burrowing animal.
Scientists have long debated on whether snakes evolved from land-based or marine creatures. In general, snakes are believed to have evolved from four-legged lizards, losing their legs over time.
This snake, named Najash rionegrina, was found with a sacrum, a bony feature supporting the pelvis, that isn’t found in modern snakes. It lived an estimated 90 million years ago. Its size is unknown, but it was under 3 feet.
Researchers, Sebastián Apesteguía and Hussam Zaher, published their findings in Nature, A Cretaceous terrestrial snake with robust hindlimbs and a sacrum. You can read the abstract, and click on the link “figures and tables” to see more detailed figures.
The critter’s name comes from a Hebrew word for snake and the Rio Negro province of Argentina, where the discovery was made.
The discovery was also reported on a number of news sites, including: