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Your Questions About How To Discover New Species

William asks…

when will we have immigration problems with the first few planet humans start living on?

will the human species become more unified when we discover another intelligent species like in the movie independence day.

New Niche Finder answers:

History has shown that having someone new to hate is a wonderful uniter of humankind.

Lisa asks…

What is great about the new species discovered in the Galapagos Isalnd and how does it affect evolution ?

And how does it affect the new species findings?In a way that is good and proably bad but mostly GOOD.

New Niche Finder answers:

In the Galapagos, finch species have been undergoing directional selection due to droughts or having too much rainfall. These opposite extremes push the finch size in one direction and then in the other. Since the last big El nino came through, hybrid finches (crosses between different species) have been thriving. If they continue to thrive and reproduce, chances are good that they will diverge into new species. This is very interesting to scientists who study speciation.

Lizzie asks…

If you were hired by Time Magazine to produce a drawing of what a newly discovered species might have look?

If you were hired by Time Magazine to produce a drawing of what a newly discovered species might have looked like, what features would you be confident in reproducing and what features would be speculation?

New Niche Finder answers:

Camel spiders their like really huge. I would think other people would find this animals interesting as well.

Donna asks…

What is the oldest known species on the earth?

I watched then end of a David Attenborough “Galapagos” TV programme last night and he said they have just discovered a new species of red iguana. Believed to be over 5000 years old. Are lizard thought to be dinosaur descendants and the oldest animals on the planet?

New Niche Finder answers:

Possibly crocodiles

Crocodiles in this genus are believed to have changed very little in the past 20 million years. They may even have been around during the extinction of the dinosaurs. These large, aquatic reptiles tend to congregate in the slow-moving rivers and swamps of Africa, Asia, Australia and the Americas – the perfect places from which to ambush prey. Many populations of the 13 living species are now endangered and protected, having come under pressure from hunting and habitat loss. It is the larger species, such as the Nile and saltwater crocodiles, that pose a real threat to humans.


Joseph asks…

Will we ever unveil the mysteries of the universe?

I’m 16 right now, and I will live to see the day that we discover another species in our galaxy, or a sign of whatever created us. Or the day that we land on pluto, and find something that could change the way that we see reality. By the time I’m getting old, based on how medical technology has progressed over the past decades, could live to be 200. Any input?

New Niche Finder answers:

I’m 69 right now and have been very interested in those questions you ask. Here is a reading list of mine which has helped me to enjoy the mysteries which I hope will never be unveiled. For me, if all the mystery were removed life would be less fun.

A Short History of Almost Everything by Bill Bryson (almost everything)
Prisons of Light by Kitty Ferguson (black Holes)
Naked Earth by Shawna Vogel (Inner earth)
Reinventing Gravity by John W Moffat (beyond Einstein)
The Map That Changed the World by Simon Winchester (history of geology)
Seeing in the Dark by Timothy Ferris (astronomy)
The Eternal Frontier by Tim Flannery (ecological history of North America)
Superconductivity by Stephen Blundell (superconductors)
Nothing by Frank Close (subatomic world)
Timemaster by Robert L. Forward (sci fi but hard sci fi) this helped me understand a lot, the author was a real physicist
Thunderstruck by Erik Larson (how radio works, Marconi)
MARS The Living Planet by Barry E. Digregorio (1970’s Viking missions to Mars, detection of life experiments.
Noble Prize Women in Science by Sharon Bertsch McGrayne (Famous gals of science)
The Universe by Richard Osborne (astronomy)
The Trouble with Physics by Lee Smolin (problems of theoretical Physics)
Sojourner by Andrew Mishkin (first small rover to mars mission)
Seeing Red by Halton Arp (alternative data to the red shift)
Black Holes and Baby Universes by Stephen Hawking (advanced thoughts of Prof Hawking)
The Three Big Bangs by Philip Dauber and Richard Muller (history of the universe, maybe)
Faster Than the Speed of Light: The Story of a Scientific Speculation by Joao Magueijo (Author)

Life in the Universe Lewis Dartnell Outlines the current efforts to detect life in our galaxy (might be sooner than most think)

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