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posted January 18, 2006 06:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for AcousticGod     Edit/Delete Message
For those of us who aren't completely Scorpios.

New Animal Species Found in Calif. Caves
By JULIANA BARBASSA, Associated Press Writer
25 minutes ago

Twenty-seven previously unknown species of spiders, centipedes, scorpion-like creatures and other animals have been discovered in the dark, damp caves beneath two national parks in the Sierra Nevada, biologists say.

"Not only are these animals new to science, but they're adapted to very specific environments some of them, to a single room in one cave," said Joel Despain, a cave specialist who helped explore 30 of the 238 known caves in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.

The discoveries included a relative of the pill bug so translucent that its internal organs are visible, particularly its long, bright yellow liver. There was also a daddy long legs with jaws bigger than its body, and a tiny fluorescent orange spider.

"Many people will be looking at these trying to find where they fit in the tree of life," said Darrell Ubick, a cave biologist with the San Francisco-based California Academy of Sciences.

While it is extremely rare to find new mammal or bird species on the surface, caves still hold an abundance of secrets. Like the deep sea, they are often difficult to reach and seldom explored.

Discovering so many species was thrilling, said Jean Krejca, a consulting biologist with Austin, Texas-based Zara Environmental who helped lead the three-year exploration. The findings were released Tuesday.

"You get the feeling you're Lewis and Clark, charting undiscovered territory," she said. "Caves are one of the last frontiers."

Park officials plan to adopt measures to protect the caves, Despain said. Most of them are not accessible to the public, and can be visited only by researchers or experienced explorers with permits.

The species have yet to be named, described scientifically and placed in the continuum of known living organisms.

"We don't know how long they live, what kind of habitat they prefer, how many offspring they have, or how sensitive they are to human disturbance," Krejca said. "There's still so much to learn."


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posted January 18, 2006 07:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Nephthys     Edit/Delete Message
Cool! Thanks for this info! You know, man thinks he has discovered everything but he hasn't! Isn't it amazing? I love stories like this!

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posted January 19, 2006 04:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for silvermoon     Edit/Delete Message
Ha haaa very kewl,thanks AG !
The bit of "Scorp" in me and transplant to Cali,as well, can relate. What a great State we are in- even the "critters" are unique !

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posted January 27, 2006 12:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Planet_Soul     Edit/Delete Message
Cool, it looks like a cross between a Scorp and a Beetle.

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posted May 28, 2006 07:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message

"There is no use trying," said Alice; "one can't believe impossible things." "I dare say you haven't had much practice," said the Queen. "When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast." Lewis Carroll

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posted June 02, 2006 03:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for aqua     Edit/Delete Message

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posted June 02, 2006 05:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moon666Child     Edit/Delete Message

Welcome Home to GhostVillage

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posted November 20, 2006 06:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for aquastar     Edit/Delete Message
i'm always so amazed at how versatile nature is. scientists are always finding new species all over the world especially in the amazon.imagine with all the harm we have done to motherearth there are still these amazinly wonderful creatures that survive our chemicals and overpopulation. And there are so many different animals that we can't even imagine ever existed. Sometimes i wonder about species that were never discovered and are extinct.

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posted November 21, 2006 06:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for pidaua     Edit/Delete Message
I'd rather find a real scorp than a pseudo Scorp- they look ugly. The real Scorpion is kinda cute

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posted November 24, 2006 09:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for aquaspryt69     Edit/Delete Message
Whoa! I would hate to find out what the side effects are when one is bitten or stung by that !!

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