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Scientists create map of undiscovered life

Posted on Tuesday, 23 March, 2021 | Comment icon 5 comments

Many animals still remain undiscovered. Image Credit: YouTube / Zoological Society of London
The new map provides a general overview of where undiscovered species may still be waiting to be found.
Creating a map showing the locations of every single species of animal on Earth might seem challenging enough, but imagine trying to map out the locations of species that haven't been discovered yet - creatures that have so far managed to go completely undetected by science.

Ten years on from revealing the 'Map of Life' database, researchers at Yale have now attempted exactly this by producing a database of places where we are most likely to find new species.

"At the current pace of global environmental change, there is no doubt that many species will go extinct before we have ever learned about their existence and had the chance to consider their fate," said Walter Jetz - a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology.

"I feel such ignorance is inexcusable, and we owe it to future generations to rapidly close these knowledge gaps."
Published on March 22nd, the new map can be viewed - here.

A drop-down box at the top right allows you to filter the undiscovered species by class.

"Known species are the 'working units' in many conservation approaches, thus unknown species are usually left out of conservation planning, management, and decision-making," said lead author Prof Mario Moura from the Federal University of Paraiba.

"Finding the missing pieces of the Earth's biodiversity puzzle is therefore crucial to improve biodiversity conservation worldwide."

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Tags: Life, Species

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by OverSword on 23 March, 2021, 15:30
Did I ever read that headline incorrectly. 
Comment icon #2 Posted by jethrofloyd on 23 March, 2021, 16:35 Poor odds for the bigfoot to exist.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Tom1200 on 23 March, 2021, 20:30
"Yale researchers stating the bleedin' obvious" state the bleedin' obvious. In a bewildering display of mind-numbingly mundane pointlessness, Yale researchers told us stuff we've understood for centuries.  "Maybe people don't know this, but some animals are big and others are small," explained Yale researcher Phyllobates Terribilis.  "If you want to see big ones you can go to a zoo but if you want to see little ones you might need a magnifying glass." "That's absolutely right Phyllobates," grovelled Yale researcher Heracleum Mantegazzianum obsequiously.  "Big animals are easier to spot than li... [More]
Comment icon #4 Posted by L.A.T.1961 on 23 March, 2021, 20:43
I thought it might be attempting something more adventurous, a bit like with periodic tables, where they can be used to predict new elements. Or in this case new life forms, which it isn't.       
Comment icon #5 Posted by Twin on 23 March, 2021, 21:08
UM- What? Did they make a map of Big Foot territory?

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