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2010-10-06 10:10:00

Scientists discovered an average of three new biological species each week in the Greater Mekong region of Asia, including such unique life forms as a fish with vampire-like fangs and a 22-foot tall carnivorous plant, international conservation group WWF announced on Wednesday. According to WWF officials, a total of 145 new species were found in 2009 in the area near the Mekong River, which includes Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and China's Yunnan Province. Joining the fanged...

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2009-03-11 11:11:07

Researchers from London's Natural History Museum have found a rare fish that features small bone fangs. Found exclusively in a single Burmese stream, the Danionella dracula appears to have lost its teeth over time before it later evolved the fangs made of bone, researchers said in the Royal Society's journal Proceedings B. "When you watch them in captivity you can see the males sparring," NHM's Ralf Britz told BBC News. "They display with their lower jaws open incredibly widely, then they...


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