Taxonomy News

I don't know if you have heard people spout statistics about how many new species are discovered in a given year but with guesses in the tens of thousands per year, a part of me is always a bit skeptical. We always explain it away as we are just starting to understand the world of single cell organisms and that insects make up half of the discovered critters each year. This week we discovered a whole new subspecies of gibbon, showing that it's not just tiny things we didn't know about.

Ok, well the Earth is a big place, and much of it is almost inaccessible, surely we know more about the human body. Well, then 2017 is starting off with a surprise as we have recently discovered a whole new organ, bringing the total to 79.