Washington: Nearly 100 new species,
including several plants and fishes, were discovered this year
by scientists around the world.
According to the California Academy of Sciences, its
two dozen researchers in collaboration with several dozen
international scientists have added 94 new relatives to our
family tree in 2009.
The new species include 65 arthropods, 14 plants, eight
fishes, five sea slugs, one coral, and one fossil mammal.
Proving that there are still plenty of places to
explore and things to discover on earth, the scientists made
their finds over four continents and two oceans.
The researchers climbed to the tops of mountains and
descended to the bottom of the sea, looked in their owns
backyards and on the other side of the world in search of
these species, the academy said.
Their results, published in 29 different scientific
papers, add to the record of life on Earth and will inform
future studies on biodiversity, evolution, and conservation,
"Humans rely on healthy ecosystems, made up of
organisms and their environments," says Dr David Mindell from
Science and Research Collections at the academy.
"Creating a comprehensive inventory of life on our
planet is critical for understanding and managing resources.
Yet a great many life-forms remain to be discovered and
described," Mindell added.