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New Animal Species Found in Calif. Caves
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060118/ap_on_sc/new_species ^ | January 18, 2006

Posted on 01/18/2006 9:33:56 AM PST by mlc9852

KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Calif. - Spiders, centipedes and scorpion-like critters are among the 27 new animal species that biologists have discovered in the dark, damp caves of two Central California national parks, officials announced Tuesday.

The finds were made during a three-year study of 30 caves in Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks. Many of the creatures live only in caves — and some only in one particular cave of Sequoia and Kings Canyon, according to the study, conducted by park staff and biologists from Austin, Texas-based Zara Environmental .

"We thought we might find a handful of new species," said Joel Despain, cave specialist for the parks. "It was amazing to find 27."

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TOPICS: Science
KEYWORDS: biology; ecoping; environment; esa; nationalparks; species; taxonomy

1 posted on 01/18/2006 9:33:57 AM PST by mlc9852
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To: GreenFreeper

Ping


2 posted on 01/18/2006 9:39:32 AM PST by RightWingAtheist (Creationism Is Not Conservative!)
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To: mlc9852

The "naked woman on car" gets 34 replies and this gets 1! Go figure!


3 posted on 01/18/2006 10:05:29 AM PST by mlc9852
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To: mlc9852

I have a cat that will clean out those caves in short order.


4 posted on 01/18/2006 11:02:33 AM PST by Deaf Smith
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To: blam; Carry_Okie; Chanticleer; ClearCase_guy; cogitator; CollegeRepublican; ...
Thanks for the ping!!

ECO-PING

FReepmail me to be added or removed to the ECO-PING list!

Always interesting to hear of new endemic species being described.

This is an photo of a pseudo-scorpion provided by Zara Environmental that was recently found in a cave in Sequoia National Park and has been identified as a new species of invertebrate. Spiders, centipedes and scorpion-like critters are among the 27 new animal species that biologists have discovered in the dark, damp caves of two Central California national parks, officials announced Tuesday. (AP Photo/Zara Environmental, Jean Krejca via the National Park Service)

5 posted on 01/18/2006 11:55:35 AM PST by GreenFreeper (Not blind opposition to progress, but opposition to blind progress)
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To: mlc9852
Kill it! It looks dangerous!
7 posted on 01/18/2006 12:20:43 PM PST by manwiththehands (The only politician worse than a crooked democRat is a crooked Republican.)
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To: mlc9852

Cool!

I like these stories.


8 posted on 01/18/2006 12:22:19 PM PST by najida (OK, so we have this problem with the paint cans sticking to the floor.....)
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To: Pookyhead
IMO, it is highly likely that we will discover many forms of life when we are able to explore space and other planets.

I agree.
Life is a tenacious force that will endeavor to fill any environment it encounters.
I think we'll find a universe teaming with life, most of it simplistic, like democrats, but some remarkably advanced and intelligent, like us.
:)

9 posted on 01/18/2006 12:30:42 PM PST by MaryFromMichigan
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To: mlc9852
The "naked woman on car" gets 34 replies and this gets 1! Go figure!

No kidding, hopefully it wasn't part of a PeTA protest. Neat news, good post. Interesting how little we know about the natural world.
10 posted on 01/18/2006 12:57:07 PM PST by proud_yank (Aspiring CEO of a multinational corporation)
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To: mlc9852
The "naked woman on car" gets 34 replies and this gets 1! Go figure!

Let's see: Look at naked woman. Look at bugs. Look at naked woman. Look at bugs. It's a toss-up but I think I'd prefer the naked woman (Too bad there were no pictures there. :^))

11 posted on 01/18/2006 1:30:51 PM PST by John O (God Save America (Please))
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To: GreenFreeper

That critter isn't new, those guys just spend too much time in the office. They can be found throughout the central sierra.


12 posted on 01/18/2006 1:48:42 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Atheist and Fool are synonyms; Evolution is where fools hide from the sunrise)
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To: John O

LOL - too bad there wasn't a naked MAN on the car! (I'm a woman)


13 posted on 01/18/2006 1:50:22 PM PST by mlc9852
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To: GreenFreeper

One of these days someone is going to find trilobites crawling around on a deep ocean floor and sh*t themselves silly. ha ha.


14 posted on 01/18/2006 2:18:50 PM PST by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned)
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To: mlc9852
LOL - too bad there wasn't a naked MAN on the car! (I'm a woman)

no that wouldn't work. If there were both it could end up denting the hood. That would just be wrong.

15 posted on 01/18/2006 2:32:53 PM PST by John O (God Save America (Please))
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To: mlc9852

New spiders. Great. Just great.


16 posted on 01/18/2006 2:35:18 PM PST by A knight without armor
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To: mlc9852

thanks for notifying me of a thread I missed


17 posted on 01/18/2006 2:45:10 PM PST by wallcrawlr (http://www.bionicear.com/)
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To: John O
LOL - yes it would. Now, Camaro hoods...LOL
18 posted on 01/18/2006 2:58:22 PM PST by mlc9852
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To: wallcrawlr

Sure.


19 posted on 01/18/2006 3:00:25 PM PST by mlc9852
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To: ImaGraftedBranch

'Show-Taylor!' ping.


20 posted on 01/18/2006 3:09:23 PM PST by Ultra Sonic 007 (The opposite of Progress is Congress)
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To: PatrickHenry

Have you not been pinged yet?


21 posted on 01/18/2006 4:04:32 PM PST by Pharmboy (The stone age didn't end because they ran out of stones.)
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To: Pharmboy; b_sharp; Ichneumon; longshadow; CarolinaGuitarman; Thatcherite; Coyoteman; js1138; ...
Have you not been pinged yet?

Not yet. Thanks. I donno if I should ping the whole evo list for this, so I'll ping "the few."

22 posted on 01/18/2006 4:40:53 PM PST by PatrickHenry (Virtual Ignore for trolls, lunatics, dotards, scolds, & incurable ignoramuses.)
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To: PatrickHenry

Every cave always has its own special cave species. Funny the Designer would do that. ;)


23 posted on 01/18/2006 4:45:12 PM PST by VadeRetro (Liberalism is a cancer on society. Creationism is a cancer on conservatism.)
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To: PatrickHenry
Thanks for the ping.

I used to cave crawl a little; found white crickets in one cave. Fascinating!

(Devolution in action!)

24 posted on 01/18/2006 5:26:47 PM PST by Coyoteman (I love the sound of beta decay in the morning!)
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To: mlc9852

A can of Raid will take care of this.


25 posted on 01/18/2006 5:28:21 PM PST by aomagrat (I am not sitting. I am on a journey.)
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To: Coyoteman; VadeRetro

I think Nebraska Man lived in one of those caves.


26 posted on 01/18/2006 5:32:46 PM PST by PatrickHenry (Virtual Ignore for trolls, lunatics, dotards, scolds, & incurable ignoramuses.)
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To: PatrickHenry
I think Nebraska Man lived in one of those caves.

Nah, he got evicted. Lived like a pig.

27 posted on 01/18/2006 5:34:17 PM PST by Coyoteman (I love the sound of beta decay in the morning!)
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To: PatrickHenry

"I think Nebraska Man lived in one of those caves."

Did they ever find any of these spiders in Nebraska? Man, that would be cool.


28 posted on 01/18/2006 5:46:15 PM PST by CarolinaGuitarman ("There is grandeur in this view of life...")
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To: mlc9852

Yes, I just saw this article on Netscape News. Isn't that pseudo-scorpion the damnest thing you ever saw? It looks like it has the back-end of a very large termite, and the front end of a scorpion. Man. I wish I could see the photos of the other 27 new species. Maybe they're not "new", just that we didn't know about them being around for tens of thousands, (millions?) of years. Just goes to show, as I believe, there are a lot of creatures out there we don't know about it. I swear, I saw some of the damnest things I ever saw in the mountains of Nepal. Don't be surprised, one day we will be snooping around on some "uninhabited" island in the Coral Sea and besides finding more people that haven't had "human contact", we're gonna' find a flying dinosaur ... We're gonna' find a dragon. Yes sir.


29 posted on 01/18/2006 7:11:00 PM PST by Brian_Baldwin
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To: aomagrat
LOL!!


30 posted on 01/18/2006 7:42:17 PM PST by Pharmboy (The stone age didn't end because they ran out of stones.)
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To: Brian_Baldwin

I've often wondered if maybe a few dinosaurs may still be out there somewhere. At least maybe some little ones.


31 posted on 01/19/2006 2:32:10 AM PST by mlc9852
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