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Stories by Becky Crew

Colourful Lizards Reveal the Pros and Cons of Being a Hideous ‘Bearded Lady’

Colourful Lizards Reveal the Pros and Cons of Being a Hideous ‘Bearded Lady’

When it comes to human ‘bearded ladies’ – named for a condition known as hirsutism, which causes them to grow an excessive amount of bodily hair – you’re going to have a tough time coming up with enough pros to match the cons. But if you’re a bearded lady lizard, you just might have some aces up [...]

November 5, 2013 — Becky Crew
Happy Halloween – Here’s Your Ocean Werewolf

Happy Halloween – Here’s Your Ocean Werewolf

What better way to kick off Halloween morning than with the werewolf of the sea… This is the Atlantic wolffish (Anarhichas lupus), very appropriately and otherwise known as the ‘devil fish’, and also more adorably the ‘sea cat’.

October 31, 2013 — Becky Crew
Prepare to Die… from Cute, Because Photos of Olinguito Cubs have been Released

Prepare to Die… from Cute, Because Photos of Olinguito Cubs have been Released

Just look at this thing. How does it exist? Back in August, a team from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History led by curator of mammals, Kristofer Helgen, announced the discovery of the olinguito – the first new species of carnivore discovered in the Western Hemisphere in 35 years.

October 28, 2013 — Becky Crew
Move Over, Mexican Jumping Beans – There’s a New Jumping Caterpillar in Town

Move Over, Mexican Jumping Beans – There’s a New Jumping Caterpillar in Town

Many adult insects jump to get around, but for most insect larvae, their hardened exteriors make this virtually impossible. There are some notable exceptions though, such as the larvae of the Mexican jumping bean moth (Cydia deshaisiana) that jump inside the seeds of the Sebastiania plant, and the larvae of the Emporia melanobasis moth from [...]

August 20, 2013 — Becky Crew

Lavasoa Dwarf Lemur is Cuddly and New

Look at this soft, fluffy bundle of newness. This little man is the Lavasoa dwarf lemur (Cheirogaleus lavasoensis), a newly described species of dwarf lemur from southern Madagascar.

July 31, 2013 — Becky Crew

New Species, Thor's Hero Shrew, Will Back Itself in Any Feat of Strength

Thor's hero shrew. Credit: William Stanley A new species of shrew has been found in Africa, and it has the mightiest, most extraordinary backbone of all the mammals.A little more than a century ago, the first species of African hero shrew ( Scutisorex somereni ) was found in Uganda by British zoologist, Oldfield Thomas.

July 23, 2013 — Becky Crew