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Living world news archive: October-December 2008

Pygmy tarsier
Real-life 'gremlin' rediscovered in the wild
(Nov 19, 2008)

On a misty mountaintop on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, scientists have observed a living pygmy tarsier – one of the planet's smallest and rarest primates – for the first time in more than 80 years. Over a two-month period, the scientists used nets to trap three furry, mouse-sized pygmy tarsiers – two males and one female – on Mount Rore Katimbo in Lore Lindu National Park.

Read more. Source: New Scientist

Megaleledone setebos
Octopuses share 'living ancestor'
(Nov 10, 2008)

Many of the world's deep-sea octopuses evolved from a common ancestor that still exists in the icy waters of the Southern Ocean, a study has shown. Researchers suggest that the creatures evolved after being driven to other ocean basins 30 million years ago by nutrient-rich and salty currents. The findings form part of a decade-long global research programme to learn more about life in the world's oceans.

Read more. Source: BBC

Pseudoliparis amblystomopsis
'Deepest ever' living fish filmed
(Oct 7, 2008)

The "deepest ever" living fish have been discovered, scientists believe. A UK-Japan team found the 17-strong shoal at depths of 7.7km (4.8 miles) in the Japan Trench in the Pacific – and captured the deep sea animals on film. The scientists have been using remote-operated landers designed to withstand immense pressures to comb the world's deepest depths for marine life.

Read more. Source: BBC


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