Consider your GPS. It somehow knows everything about where you are going. Now, consider Google Earth. With a click, you can zoom in on any part of the world, get a view of the street, and pretend you went on vacation.
“We know all about the world,” you say, “there is nothing the Internet cannot show us!”
Well, it turns out scientists don’t know more than 75% of the species that inhabit this world. In fact, we’re still searching for several millions of species.
Some examples of recently discovered species, from 2013-2014:
The Australian humpback dolphin was previously misclassified as another dolphin species.
A species of sea spider, Endeis Spinosa, was discovered off the Dutch coast. Not many sea spiders chill around The Netherlands.
Can you believe we’re still discovering new monkeys?
Five types of saki monkeys were just found this year! Previously, the species were classified as ‘variants’ of the saki species (i.e., same monkey that just kinda looks different). The mop hair really humanizes the new species.
The olinguito (seen below as adult, further below as a baby) is the first carnivore discovered in the Western Hemisphere in over thirty years. Though we’ve seen them around for over a century now, it was mistaken for another species, the olingo, up until 2013. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, zookeepers would often try to breed olinguitos with olingos under the impression that both are the same animal. You can imagine that didn’t work out so well for the clueless keepers.
And there’s several more species being sought and discovered (or accidentally misclassified) everyday. The ignorance we have about the wonders of this world is staggering. Know more.