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Top ten species reveal process of discovery and further mysteries about life on earth

By Susan Lawler

The top ten species of 2014 have been released by the International Institute for Species Exploration.

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Check out this Skeleton Shrimp - and try not to have nightmares.
SINC (Servicio de Informacion y Noticias CientÌficas) and J.M. Guerra-García

The top ten species of 2014 have been released by the International Institute for Species Exploration. They include a snapshot of diversity on our planet, provide an insight into the process of science and inspire us by reminding us that whimsy and wonder still exist in the world.

You can see the official list of the top ten species here but the real information is in the scientific publications that are behind these discoveries. By reading them you will learn that it is not just a matter of describing what an organism looks like. Half of these discoveries included analysis of the genetic material, and many relied on DNA to decide whether species status was warranted.

Although some of these creatures were found during a traditional expedition where scientists went looking, others were found among long held specimens in...

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