Friday, June 27, 2008

Top Ten New Species of 2007 Named: Number Nine and Ten

Number Nine: Rhinoceros Beetle
A new beetle found in Peru has a hornlike structure on its head that had never been seen before - at least, not in real life. Dim, a character in the Disney/Pixar animated film A Bug's Life. The male beetles use their horns to fight other males during mating battles. Rhinoceros beetles are the strongest animals on the planet, proportionally, being able to lift 850 times their weight.

Number Ten: Michelin Man Plant
This interesting plant is the final number ten on the list of Top New Species of 2007 Named. It was found in western Australia during an environmental impact study for a mining company. If you look closely, you will see that it resembles the Michelin Man, after whom the plant is named. The Michelin Man plant is just one of the 298 new plant species named last year in western Australia alone.

To see a slideshow of the top ten new species of 2007 named, visit National Geographic.

No comments: