Saturday, February 20, 2010

Census discovers 5,000 marine species

Strange how they found exactly 5000 new species all with miracle cure potential and are of course endangered by mans activity. Fear mongering and exaggeration seem to be standard fare when applying for government research grants. With Climategate behind us now I don't think these peers are going to get a free ride.
The hirsuta crab was so unusual it warranted a whole new family designation

A preview of the Census of Marine Life has revealed that the project has discovered over 5,000 new species.

These include bizarre and colourful creatures, as well as many organisms that produce therapeutic chemicals.
A panel of scientists presented these early insights at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting in San Diego.
The final report from the decade-long census will be released in October 2010.
The project has involved more than 2,000 scientists from 80 countries, and the researchers involved believe the census will lay the scientific foundations for marine policies to protect vulnerable habitats. Read more.

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