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2011 State of Observed Species Report Lists 19,232 Newly Discovered Species

2011 State of Observed Species Report Lists 19,232 Newly Discovered Species

© International Institute for Species Exploration/Arizona State University Still Finding New Cousins on the Branches of the Tree of Life The 2011 State of Observed Species (pdf) has been released and there were 19,232 species newly known to science in 2009 (the latest year for which data is available - there's always a delay to confirm things). Not too surprisingly, most of these new species were insects. In fact, 9,738 of them were, representing just over 50% of the total. The second biggest group was composed of vascular plants (2,184/11.3%). Only 41 newly discovered species were of mammals, the class of animals to which most of my readers belong (I hope). © International Institute for Species Exploration/Arizona State University You can see a larger version of the image above here . Some highlights from the report : • Almost 24 percent of the new vascular plant species ...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/inventory-list...

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