Top 10 of the Newly Discovered Species of 2012
In a celebration of stewardship of human species, each year – new discoveries happens from different parts of the world courtesy of global committee of taxonomists. Today’s top 10 lists is about Arizona State University’s unveiling of newly discovered species where it tells us that there are much left to be discovered from the ocean of unknown.
“I don’t know whether to be more astounded by the species discovered each year, or the depths of our ignorance about biodiversity of which we are a part,”
said Quentin Wheeler, founding director of the International Institute of Species Exploration who where the ones responsible for collecting data of the new uncovered species.
The yearly routine of the community is to select 10 from over 140 nominated newly discovered species worldwide. These can be botanical, zoological or microbiological and not surprisingly from last year’s discoveries.
The unveiling date which is on 23rd day of March to coincide with the birthday of Carl Linnaeus, a world renowned Swedish zoologist and botanist who is considered the father of modern taxonomy.
In a statement, Wheeler says.
For decades, we have averaged 18,000 species discoveries per year which seemed reasonable before the biodiversity crisis. Now, knowing that millions of species may not survive the 21st century, it is time to pick up the pace.
“At the same time we search the heavens for other earth-like planets, we should make it a high priority to explore the biodiversity on the most earth-like planet of them all: Earth.”