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Your Questions About How To Discover New Species

Jenny asks…

Do the discoveries from the Human Genome Project deliver a crushing blow to scientific racism?

Do the things that geneticists discovered from the Human Genome Project deliver a crushing blow to scientific racism, ideas about racial superiority , and other generally racist ideas that different people have about people of other ethnic groups?

If so, in what ways?

New Niche Finder answers:

Thee is no such thing as scientific racism. Science has no race bias, none indeed about anything. Science does not promote racial superiority nor any racist ideas. Science simply reports its finding. As always, it is up to the individual to accept or deny what science offers.

Look at the over whelming abundance of science that supports evolution. Yet many prefer to believe a myth instead. There is an over whelming amount of science that supports the commonality of the human species and little that refers to it individuals difference. Yet some prefer to believe the differences rather than accept the science.

Charles asks…

Do you believe that “criticism is a form of optimism” in respect to when human criticize others?

The actual quot is “And I discovered very quickly that criticism is a form of optimism, and that when you are silent about the shortcomings of your society, you’re very pessimistic about that society.” by Carlos Fuentes

Do you think this is true? Do you think that it apply to humans if so?

New Niche Finder answers:

Yes, and this is why: If you criticize, you have hope that things can change, and that your words will have meaning. When you remain silent, you feel that nothing you say will change the downward spiral this species is taking.

James asks…

How many clean animals did Noah cause to become extinct when he sacrificed them after the flood?

And when was this flood suppose to have taken place, archeologists discovered the oldest boat ever to have been created belongs to the Egyptians and they were still there after the flood to make Hebrews their slaves, so when did this flood take place and why did people of that time live to around 45 (from studying mummies which lived about 5000 bce) as an average age when the bible claims people lived to 500 years or more?

New Niche Finder answers:

Noah and his animals is a fiction. The Great Thinker of this story was aware of the fact that some live species on this Planet Earth get extinct and new species evolve.

Nancy asks…

Are KING Bettas a human made fish or a discovered species. Same amount of Hardyness?

I was wondering why ONLY petco is selling these King Betta Fish, curios to know that no one including Google has any know care sheet concerning them. What is the general life span and how is their hardieness compared to normal bettas?

New Niche Finder answers:

King bettas are PetCo’s less $ version of the Giant or Half-Giant Bettas. I have owned two. Both were purchased when they were sick and neither lived particularly long. One contracted that horrible-scary-antibiotic-resistant infection strain that is completely antibiotic-resistant and kills healthy bettas in less than 2 days, tops; the other came had slight columnaris and ammonia burn and even with good conditions he only lived about 9 months. Is that typical? I honestly don’t know.

Out of curiosity, I did call PetCo’s customer service line about 2 years ago to ask your ?: is it a new strain, or just selectively bred large plakats. The person I spoke with said she wasn’t allowed to say because it was a company trade secret. I also asked about average life span and she said the Kings hadn’t been around long enough to really get a good idea about that yet. Both answers I’m skeptical of, but haven’t found anyone knowledgeable about such things to ask since then.

Maria asks…

Discovering new species…?

If you discover a totally new, weird looking animal, I’m pretty sure you would know you’ve discovered a new specie right away, but for example, you see an ant. An ant that you think seems odd, weird, but you try to look it up and you see that there are A LOT of species of ant, and most of them don’t have neither a picture nor a description… Where can you find information about every specie that has been discovered and stuff, so you can see if the specie you’ve found has already being recorded… If you know where I can see descriptions or pictures of all Eupnoi discovered it’d be awesome…

New Niche Finder answers:

In naming organisms (nomenclature) and their relationships to other species (systematics), one finds experts for each group. They work for museums and universities. They are knowledgeable about identifying species.

All species should have a type specimen …. One individual that has been set aside and on which the scientific name has been placed.

So…. If you think you have a new species to science, and are not an expert in the area (and will not have the tools to adequately describe the species, name it according to the rules of zoological nomenclature, and know how to publish it in a journal), then you would do as lots of people do, and that is to identify the organism down to some group…. And then send the specimen to the recognized expert in the area for his/her opinion on what species it is, and whether it is new to science. But make sure it’s not a single mis-shapen individual, but a population of animals/plants with the same characteristics.

It takes many years to become a systematist, and not only will they use morphological features of the unknown, but today they may use molecular techniques as well.

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