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Your Questions About How To Discover New Species

Donna asks…

Do you think there are more species of animals on land of in the ocean? What about absolute numbers of animal?

Do you think there are more species of animals on land of in the ocean? What about absolute numbers of animals—are there more animals on land or in the ocean?

New Niche Finder answers:

We as humans, know more about the universe or even more simply put the moon, than we do about our own planet. New species of life are discovered everyday. Most of the planet is covered in water and yet I believe less and one third of the oceans have been explored. So just like how many licks it takes to get to the center of tootsie poop, the world may never know.

James asks…

What types of Organisms did Charles Darwin Discover on his expedition to the Galapagos Islands?

i need a little help for my report. and i cannot find what he discovered with google. could someone please help?

so What types of Organisms did Charles Darwin Discover on his expedition to the Galapagos Islands?

New Niche Finder answers:

Birds, aquatic mammals, amphibians, and one species of land mammals. Here’s a site that might help: http://www.gct.org/darwin.html

Michael asks…

Is religion proof that human beings are not yet an intelligent species?

Scientists wonder why aliens have never made contact. One scientist summised that to aliens we might look like ants do to us. Unfortunately I have to agree with that. Intelligent species most likely consider us a primitive species because we still have religion. Maybe when the last religion is extinguished we’ll finally join the galactic community.

New Niche Finder answers:

Yes and no,

It shows that humanity is capable of a certain degree of abstract thought and feeling, not found in animals but we still have a very long way to go. Religion is really an expression of where we are from an evolutionary point of view. The next step in progress will we a unity between science and religion to create a Metascience. From this we will discover the subtle laws in operation behind matter and how to cooperate with them to bring about so-called miracles.

The main reason I believe that Beings have not yet contacted us on an official worldwide basis is due to the fact that this planet is vastly more complex then we would imagine. This planet has several realms of existence to which people go after ‘death’. Some of these realms are higher and other lower from an evolutionary point of view than this base physical realm. When the lower realms have become transmuted onto a higher level, along with the heightened vibrations of this base physical realm then I could see such contacts being held in the not to distant future.

The Space People have to take into consideration All realms of Earth and not just the physical realm we currently inhabit. On the higher realms of Earth religion is a direct experience of one’s divine potential, and not the cloth ridden dogma of orthodoxy.

Ruth asks…

How do scientists know if animal x is a new species rather than a variation in a species?

A blond, white, blue eyed human and a dark-haired, dark-skinned, dark-eyed human are still homo sapiens.

Different breeds of dogs are still canis lupus familiaris (right?), even though they look very different from each other.

What is the threshold? How many variations/mutations does a species need to have, for it to be qualified a new species?

New Niche Finder answers:

Emucompboy is correct the current basis used to define a species is gene flow. Some species do not look or behave similarly but keep gene flow like the canids. Others look and behave similarly but are found to be genetically distinct like the red crossbill finches that share common territory. The Loxia curvirostra finch complex are a group of seed-eating finches specialized for extracting seeds from conifer cones but they have no gene flow despite shared habitat.
The problem is this definition is biased to sexually reproducing organisms. There is a need is for a unified definition that applies to all known organisms whether vegetal, mammalian or microbial and will adapt to newly discovered organisms and to fossilized extinct versions. Further all species are mutable so every population’s boundaries are eternally shifting as the group responds to the changing environment so the definition must be adaptable.

A phylogenetic or evolutionary cladistic definition works better with both asexual and fossil organisms because it is based on morphology and metabolic systems plus genetic patterns. This deals better with adaptive and historical relationships. The difficulty is where to place the limits. How many differences in shape and sequence denote a species.

Thomas asks…

What are the names of seven of the extinct animals that Lewis and Clark discovered?

They discovered 122 animals but seven of them are now extinct. What are their names?

New Niche Finder answers:

Of the 122 animals described by Lewis and Clark, the following are widely regarded as extinct in the wild:

__Carolina parakeet;
__passenger pigeon;
__ivory-billed woodpecker;
__Californian least tern;
__plains gray wolf;
__Audubon’s bighorn mountain sheep; and
__pallid sturgeon (Note: There is disagreement about whether this species is extinct.);

The following animals are not yet extinct; however, there numbers are down to a few individuals:

__black-footed ferret;
__woodland caribou; and
__whooping crane.

For verification and additional information, please see:
http://darwin.bio.uci.edu/~sustain/bio65/lec05/b65lec05.htm
http://www.waterplanet.ws/lewisandclark/lc.pdf [p.27 of 32]
http://www.nature.org/wherewework/northamerica/lewisandclark/animals/
http://www.sierraclub.org/lewisandclark/species/index.asp
http://www.bridgingthegap.org/media_vault/documents/1193676898.pdf
http://www.ornithology.com/extinct.html
http://sciencegnus.com/Extinct%20Animals.html

**NOTE: I am disappointed to see that MY ANSWER HAS BEEN COPIED, without sources, by another answerer. I am unsure what to do about this, except to alert those who read this.

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