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Your Questions About How To Discover New Species

Betty asks…

Has David Attenborough discovered any new species?

If so, can you say how many? And what they were.

New Niche Finder answers:

I don’t think he has ever discovered a new living species, but he has many pieces of amber, and inside them are insects and other animals, which are probably new fossil species. I don’t think, however, he has formally described these new species in publications. In order to describe a new species, one must be able to distinguish it from similar species, and that can take a lot of work and time, as well as intimate knowledge of the particular group(s) of animals.

“Attenborough’s boyhood keepsake is a piece of Baltic amber, which he investigates through a microscope with the help of biologist Elzbieta Sontag of the University of Gdansk, finding a long-legged fly, a fungus gnat, an aphid, an ant, and a mite—all denizens of the lower forest floor.”

Sandy asks…

taxonomic classifications of recently discovered species.?

taxonomic classifications of recently discovered species. Is there any check on irresponsible naming? Who gets to name a new species? What was the basis for classifying them?

New Niche Finder answers:

The scientific names given to animals are always in Latin and very individual of course. The discoverer’s name is sometimes incorporated in the species, but not the genera. Ex: If Dr. Johnson discovered it and “proved” it was a new species and by publishing it in a scientific journal, the name given it might be something like Crotalis johnsoni. Crotalis being a Rattlesnake genus, and the species named after the Dr.’s last name. Therefore this new species of Rattlesnake would then be known as Crotalis johnsoni for the rest of time.
The basis for classifying this new species is to “prove” it is GENETICALLY ISOLATED from all other species of that animal and demonstrates characteristics no other member of its genus has.

Sandra asks…

known sharks and newly discovered species with facts about them?

New Niche Finder answers:

The megamouth shark was discovered in the 1970’s. It’s a fliter-feeder like the basking shark but in deeper waters. It’s a black shark and pretty big.

The port jackson shark and the goblin shark I believe are newer than most. The goblin shark has like a horn coming out of his snout like a swordfish. These sharks are also quite large as far as sharks go anything over 6 feet is generally “big” since the majority of species of sharks are under 6 feet.

There are about 350 known species but scientists estimate there are about 550 species out there with 200 to go.

William asks…

Did the scientists discover all species warship God yet?

“Do not you see that God is praised by whoever in the heavens and the Earth, and (that) the birds are flying in lines? Each (category of creatures) knows its own prayer and praise. And God knows that they do. And to God belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth, and to God is the destination.” Quran 24:41-42
the word is “Worship”.. typo

New Niche Finder answers:

The scientists will never discover that all species worship God since among all species on the planet, only humans have the capacity to understand abstract ideas. The rest of the animals were saved from the logical fallacy called religion. And why should they worship a nonexistent god? They’re doing just fine without one.

And just for your information, birds don’t fly in the patterns they use to worship a god. They do it because it is more efficient to do it that way. Practically birds fly in the wake of the one in front because in that configuration they “burn less fuel”. IT was tried with airplanes as well and certain formations are more energy efficient. Why involve God in this affair when no god is needed?

Maria asks…

If i discover a new marine species…?

marine biologists get paid …quite well
but if i discovered a new marine species ….then what
like if i contact some Museum or University or whatever
what would happen
what if it was something big then what would happen would i get recognized for it

oh and im a photography major and i have been thinking that since i might be heading for marine biology maybe i could write my own books with great photographs of all these different oceanic animals

New Niche Finder answers:

First you have to know enough about marine species to know that the discovered specimen has never be described and named! That means you have to become expert in a given group or groups of marine organisms such as fish or invertebrates or algae or other organisms.

Then you would have the honor of describing and naming the organism. If it is a really rare specimen you might receive wide spread publicity but if it is not so rare then only those other marine biologist who might be interested would give you recognition. Many biologist work a lifetime without international acclaim.

Photography would be an important aspect of your career in marine biology.

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