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Your Questions About How To Discover New Species

Mary asks…

Which species of mosquito passes the yellow fever?

I’m doing this project on Carlos Finlay. He is the one who discovered that one type of species of mosquito passes the yellow fever by a bite but i don’t know which one is it and i can’t find it. Help PLZ!

New Niche Finder answers:

“Aedes mosquitoes, including A. Aegypti, A. Africanus, A. Simpsoni, A. Furcifer, A. Luteocephalus, and A. Albopictus (Asian tiger mosquito). Urban yellow fever is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. A. Aegypti becomes infectious 2 weeks after feeding on a viremic host. Jungle, or sylvatic, yellow fever is transmitted by Haemagogus and other mosquitoes (such as Masoni africana) of the forest canopy (tree-hole breeding mosquitoes). These mosquitoes acquire the virus from viremic primates. The yellow-fever virus can also be passed from one mosquito generation to another via the mosquito eggs. “

Helen asks…

Can there be a color we havent discovered?

I’m just curious, can there be a color out there we have not discovered? Reasons that make me believe there is not is because i can’t imagine a completely different color.

But this raises a question for me to ask myself, if we never discovered the color yellow, if it never existed on our planet, would i be able to imagine it or anyone else for that matter?

So can there be a completely different color we have not discovered?

New Niche Finder answers:

Color is how the human mind interprets a very narrow band of electromagnetic radiation (from about a wavelength of 400nm to 600nm). We call this visible light. Different wavelengths that are above or below the range of visible light are invisible to eye of a human. Some examples of invisible radiation include radio-waves, microwaves, and x-rays. So it is our own perception that constructs and limits the “colors” that we can see, not their existence in the universe itself. Some different species can perceive more shades of color than humans, and some species can even see electromagnetic radiation that we cannot. For example, snakes can see infrared radiation. Even our names for colors appear to be socially constructed based of the social groups we were raised in.

Sharon asks…

Did Darwin and Haeckel use the analogy of a wheel to represent phylogenies?

Is this true or false?

Also did scientist name and discover over 4 million species?

New Niche Finder answers:

The analogy was of a tree not a wheel.

Not quite 2 million species have been described, most of them are insects.

Lizzie asks…

The unknown ideas that humans will never discover could mean, a possible god exists, agree or disagree?

Humans have an extremely limited knowledge of “everything”. Then all of a sudden, out of nowhere, there exists a non-human idea. The non-human idea is an oxymoron because it’s still a human idea. However, it’s an idea that humans will never discover. Does that mean that some idea beyond human thought and beyond human logic could have existed?


New Niche Finder answers:

To put your question in a different light:
“If no god existed, would man be able to discover all the ideas he currently does not know?”

No, of course not. He won’t live long enough, because much of what man “knows” is created by his own “measurement”. (That is, in the sense that Parminides meant when he said, “Man is the measure of all things,” but in the connotation that he rejected. Parminides connotation was that man can just make things up, thus creating the “measurement” of his world even when it doesn’t jibe with reality–because he has the power to do that. The truth in his statement is that because man is the only known creature able to objectively measure reality, his mind is the only measuring device of objective existence.

But what man “measures” is not only objective empirical reality, but the reality of his concepts. Where a monkey sees a rock, man is able to distinguish (abstract the universal) or conceive (measure) the rock as a “diamond.” That is the first measurement. When we say “diamond” there are all sorts of measurements implicit in the word: wealth; hardness; clarity; facets; color; etc. Each of these is a measurement of something else we have conceived.

But an alien intelligent species, on whose world diamonds abound like pebbles on a beach, may not have bothered to conceive some of those measurements–“wealth” especially.

The point is, man will never get to the end of “known ideas” because ideas are conceptual and man will never stop conceptualizing. “Diamond” is an idea; it isn’t a diamond to a lizard.

“Knowing” isn’t just a matter of empirical discovery; it is a matter of discovering what the mind can uncover, and that is a never-ending process.

Ken asks…

Our cats were domesticated from what species of wild cat?

Where does that animal live and what role does it play in its environment?
Would that animal be considered an invasive species if introduced into a different environment. How so?

New Niche Finder answers:

Until recently the cat was commonly believed to have been domesticated in ancient Egypt, where it was a cult animal.[10] However, in 2004, the earliest known location of cat domestication was discovered to be ancient Cyprus, and a subsequent study in 2007 found that the lines of descent of all house cats probably run through as few as five self-domesticating African Wildcats (Felis silvestris lybica) circa 8000 BC, in the Near East.[4]

Yes it would be invasive if it were introduced anywhere but Africa. A species is invasive if it takes over the living space of other species of an area.

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