Polly stocky monochrome beetle. Throat helicopter lizard. The cedar mouse which may be an example of island work. And two crocodile-faced dinosaurs. These are some of the more than 550 species that researchers at the Natural History Museum in London discovered in 2021, despite COVID-19 restrictions.
The museum’s biggest finds were two carnivores dinosaurs dug on the Isle of Wight in the UK. The extinct spinosaurs, which sported crocodile-like shafts, were affectionately called “heron” and “riverside hunter” respectively. Another species of dinosaur in the UK has been named the ‘main dragon’, although it is about the size of a chicken. Live Science previously reported.
“It has been a great year to describe new dinosaurs, especially from the UK,” Susanna Maidment, a senior researcher at the museum, said. He said in a statement. “While we have known about the UK’s dinosaur heritage for more than 150 years, the application of new technologies and new data from around the world is helping us uncover the hidden diversity of British dinosaurs.”
The COVID-19 pandemic has restricted museum access to international field sites and other museums. Despite this, researchers, curators, and scientific assistants to the museum were able to describe 552 new species of plants and animals. the earthpast and present.
More than half of the new species were part of a group of crustaceans called copepods, which account for 291 discoveries. These shrimp-like animals live in the water and provide food for larger animals such as fish, according to a museum statement.
Retired museum researcher Jeff Boxall and colleague in South Korea, Il Hoi Kim, describe this year’s new copepods from a massive collection collected over more than 60 years by French researchers Claude and Francoise Moneo.
“The huge Monniot collection was made available to Lee and Lee Hwi Kim, and since we recently retired, we theoretically had enough time to finally show it off,” Boxshall said. “However, the group was so huge that it was a bit daunting – but then COVID-19 happened.
Boxshall completed a series of papers describing copepods as a “close project” when he was unable to enter the museum. The rest of the new finds included 90 beetles, 52 wasps, 13 moths, eight algae, six parasitic worms, and five plants.
Two ancient mammals were also among the 2021 spaces: Scientists have discovered the remains of a large-sized rodent, Megalomys camerhogne, also called the cedar rat, who lived in the past along the Caribbean; They also discovered a jurassic mouse-like creature now called Borealestes Colininsis It would have trotted at the feet of dinosaurs in what is today Scotland about 166 million years ago.
Originally published on Live Science.
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