9 Most Amazing Recent Discoveries!
9. New Shark Species Recently, scientists discovered not one, but two new species of shark! You’d think that given all the technology we have that we’d have found all the big animals there are to know, but the ocean is still full of surprises! They’ve been affectionately named Kaja’s and Anna’s sixgill sawsharks, respectively and were discovered during a research project investigating small scale fisheries. 8. The Sound Of A Supernova There is no sound in deep space, for the most part, but some of the events that happen there would make rather interesting — or, perhaps, terrifying — noises if they could, according to a recent NASA study. Thanks to the agency’s new “data sonification” program, it’s now possible to experience what some space phenomena would theoretically sound like, including that of an exploding supernova. 7. South America’s First Diplodocid In 2014, scientists in Patagonia, Argentina announced the discovery of a new sauropod species, Leinkupal laticauda. It’s another long-necked relative of Apatosaurus and Diplodocus and it is the first of its kind ever found in South America. 6. Lost Islands New research shows that a submerged stretch of land called Doggerland, partially survived an ancient tsunami around 6200 B.C. Doggerland once connected Great Britain and the Netherlands, but now sits at the bottom of the North Sea. 5. Poisonous Rats For most people, a rabbit-sized rat sounds terrifying enough on its own. But one rodent species, the African crested rat (Lophiomys imhausi), is not only huge, its fur contains large concentrations of deadly toxins. Just a few milligrams could potentially kill a human. 4. Record-Breaking Deep Sea Swarm A swarm of 115 cutthroat eels (Ilyophis arx) recently broke the unique world record for being the largest number of fish ever spotted at one time in the abyssal ocean, a perpetually dark layer that sits between 9,800 and 19,700 feet (3,000-6,000 meters) beneath the water’s surface. 3. Submerged Supervolcano A newly-published study suggests that there may be an enormous supervolcano lurking beneath Alaska’s Aleutian Islands, citing a recently discovered massive crater as evidence that four or more of the region’s underwater volcanoes are linked together. 2. New ‘Blob’ Species National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists recently announced the first-ever identification of a marine species based solely on high-definition deep sea footage. 1. A Mountainous Growth Spurt It looks like the Swiss Alps are growing noticeably fast! A new study found evidence of a growth spurt, challenging the findings of two previous studies, which claimed that the mountain range is not eroding or changing in size at all. If you like to go skiing, the slopes are getting even taller!