In these cloud forests live a genus of tiny frogs known as Brachycephalus. Previously 21 species of Brachycephalus were identified, but a recent 5 year expedition has uncovered 7 new species, raising the total to 28.
A recent study published by veterinarians at the National Marine Mammal Foundation in San Diego compared 46 dolphin deaths in the region of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill with 106 bottlenose dolphin deaths from unaffected regions. The researchers discovered that Gulf dolphins had weaker lungs with leisions and abnormal adrenal glands; health problems identical to issues found in living Gulf dolphins in 2011, and similar to a study where oil was fed to mink with the result of shrunken adrenal glands.
Despite the fact that they grow fairly easily, adapt to different climates, are popular among collectors, and can even be kept as houseplants, Pachypodiums are also quite poisonous. The sap stimulates the heart and in the right dose can kill, making it a popular choice for arrow poison in ancient times. So if you are into hunting, I suppose this would be an excellent choice for your garden.
Researchers at the University of Cambridge began indexing fossilized penis worm teeth to assist in identifying previously unknown fossilized specimens from the Cambrian period, 500 million years ago. The results were published in the journal Paleontology.
These are plants you might want to avoid because their names might not be easily pronounced by a third grader. Be warned, they are temptingly tasty.
A team of paleontologists from the Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales have published a paper in Nature announcing the discovery of Chilesaurus diegosuarezi, a new, vegetarian, Jurassic theropod.