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This Tiny Frog Is The World's Smallest Vertebrate
2012-01-12 10:40:21

A frog species -- discovered in Papua New Guinea by US researchers -- that is less than half the size of a US dime, has been named the world´s smallest vertebrate species, smaller than a fish that won the honor in 2006. The frog, Paedophryne amauensis, which is about 7mm (0.27 in) long, was given the distinction of world´s smallest animal with a spine in Wednesday´s PLoS One journal. The researchers, led by Chris Austin of Louisiana State University made the discovery, along...

2008-08-03 12:00:17

The smallest snake known to man has been discovered on the Caribbean island of Barbados, a U.S. expert says. Blair Hedges, an evolutionary biologist at Pennsylvania State University, came across the tiny species in a forest in the east of Barbados. The snake has a width similar to a piece of spaghetti and can fit on a U.S. quarter. Hedges said it is possible the snake is hard to find because much of its habitat has been developed into farms and buildings. Habitat destruction is a...

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2008-08-03 10:20:00

The world's smallest species of snake, with adults averaging just under four inches in length, has been identified on the Caribbean island of Barbados. The species -- which is as thin as a spaghetti noodle and small enough to rest comfortably on a U.S. quarter --was discovered by Blair Hedges, an evolutionary biologist at Penn State. Hedges and his colleagues also are the discoverers of the world's smallest frog and lizard species, which too were found on Caribbean islands. The most recent...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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