A Year of Finding New Life on This Planet

Drexel News Blog

In most year-in-review posts, we take the opportunity to reflect on experiences and stories, both local and global, that we took note of over the past 12 months. But this one is about new finds that you might not have heard about—and it’s remarkable how unremarked such things can be. Every month of every year, scientists continue to add pages to the catalog of life on Earth, discovering and documenting new species from the swimming to the squirmy to the photosynthetic and microscopically beautiful.

At Drexel and the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, scientists have helped enter dozens of new species into the scientific record during 2014. Below, take a look at some of these new discoveries.

Two Crane Flies Flit into the Books

Heterangaeus mongolica photo by Jason WeintraubHeterangaeus mongolica photo by Jason Weintraub

Sometimes known as “Daddy long-legs flies” for their long legs, crane flies are an extremely diverse group of…

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