103 New Beetle Species Named After Star Wars Characters, Mythological Beasts, and More

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There are more species of beetle than just about anything else on Earth—approximately 400,000 species described, with perhaps a million or more left to catalog. Now, researchers have identified 103 new species of weevil (a tiny variety of beetle), all from a single Indonesian island.

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https://earther.gizmodo.com/103-new-beetle-species-named-after-star-wars-characters-1833149281

Newly Discovered African Titanosaur Had a Distinctly Heart-Shaped Tailbone

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Titanosaurs were the giants of the giants—four-legged behemoths that stomped around Cretaceous South America and Africa 100 million years ago. The discovery of a previously unknown titanosaur in Tanzania with a unique heart-shaped tailbone is adding to our knowledge of these enigmatic beasts, and how they lived and…

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https://gizmodo.com/newly-discovered-african-titanosaur-had-a-distinctly-he-1832595617

Rare Fossil of Triassic Reptile Discovered in Antarctica

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The fossilized remains of an early reptile dating back some 250 million years have been uncovered in the unlikeliest of places: Antarctica. The discovery shows how wildlife recovered after the worst mass extinction in our planet’s history, and how Antarctica once hosted an ecosystem unlike any other.

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https://gizmodo.com/rare-fossil-of-triassic-reptile-discovered-in-antarctic-1832208515

Ancient Shark With Spaceship-Shaped Teeth Named After Vintage Video Game

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A newly described freshwater shark from the Cretaceous Period had teeth that resembled the iconic Galaga video game spacefighter. Remarkably, the remains of this shark were found in the same pile of debris that contained Sue the T. rex—the largest and most complete fossil of the species ever found.

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https://gizmodo.com/ancient-shark-with-spaceship-shaped-teeth-named-after-v-1831931460

What’s the Newest Animal?

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Bears. Donkeys. Fat, friendly dogs. These animals—animals, generally—have been around for an extremely long time, long enough to feel like a fixed part of the landscape. It’s easy to forget that these creatures weren’t always there, and didn’t always look like they do now. On human—as opposed to geologic—time, forms…

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https://gizmodo.com/whats-the-newest-animal-1831143301