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Today’s news: Four new species and whales for sale

January 13, 2012

Here are some fascinating articles that the humans (and animals ) at Current Instincts are reading today. Did we miss something major? Let us know below or send us an email.

1. World’s smallest frog discovered. It ain’t easy bein green or smaller than a dime. Or at least we imagine so. Papua New Guinea is the home of the world’s smallest frog – measuring in at only 0.27 inches long. That’s smaller than a dime! So if you ever go there, watch where you step, they like to hide out in leaf litter on the forest floor. (BBC News)

2. New snake species found in Tanzania. Scientists have been busy all over the world discovery animals this week! The latest is a black and yellow viper with spiky horns that lives in South Africa. Scientists are already worried about this new species however. They fear people in the area may adopt them as pets. (Global Post)

Nice to see you again!

3. ‘Extinct’ Galapagos tortoise may still exist. And the animals just keep on coming. Scientists believe that a giant tortoise from the Galapagos believed to have gone extinct more than 150 years ago may still be around. Hybrid tortises have been spotted in the area, and at least one parent is believed to be the extinct tortoise. Better yet, the hybrid tortoises are only 15 years old, so it’s very likely their parents are still alive. (BBC News)

4. New lemur climbs out of hiding in Madagascar. We’re starting to think if we traveled to Madagascar, we would just trip over new species and become instant world-renowned scientists. A new hamster-sized lemur has been spotted living among different lemur species. Unfortunately, the cuties don’t live in a protect area of Madagascar. (Discovery News)

5. Quota market to save whales proposed by U.S. researchers. Buying whales for a good cause? Scientists think it just might work. Since it seems to be hard for humans to value something without slapping a dollar sign on it, it’s been hard to protect wildlife, and especially whales, because they have no economic value. So buy putting a value on them, scientists could buy whales up, protecting them and making them valuable in the market place. (Yale 360)

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