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Blind beetles show extraordinary signs of sight

Blind beetles show extraordinary signs of sight

Insects, New Species May 13, 2015 at 12:00 am

Researchers have made a surprising discovery in the aquifers beneath the Western Australian desert, which challenges the traditional Darwinian view of evolution. They have discovered that a species of blind predatory water beetles — living underground for millions of years — express vision genes (opsin) which are usually only found in species with eyes.

New species of marsupial

New species of marsupial

Mammals, New Species March 16, 2015 at 12:00 am

Long mistaken for another species, this Australian marsupial, the Black-tailed Antechinus, may now be under threat from rising temperatures. That doesn’t stop it from enjoying a vigorous, if deadly, sex life.  Specimens of the new species, Antechinus arktos, were previously known to mammalogists but had been falsely assumed to belong to a common and widely distributed mainland subspecies of the Dusky Antechinus. Threatened by climate change: Antechinus arktos. Photograph: Gary Cranitch, Queensland Museum