From the bacterium of the Titanic to the pancake fish, from the super spider to the jumping beetle: the most interesting species discovered in 2010.

As every year, the International Institute for Species Exploration publishes the ranking of the most interesting species discovered the previous year. The proclamation takes place on the anniversary of the birth of Carolus Linneus, the Swedish scholar who in 1758, with the book Systema naturae began the scientific classification of animal and plant species with the binomial system, the one that is still used today. The Institute examines the species described the previous year and extracts those that, according to a committee gathered for the occasion, tell an interesting story about the life of the planet.
Unfortunate species. Some (such as the pancake fish) have also been chosen because they are affected by human activities: these species in fact live in areas of the Gulf of Mexico covered by the oil spilled from the explosion of the Deepwater horizon platform. Others, on the other hand, could be useful for humans: the Caerostris darwini spider web, for example, seems to be more robust than a kevlar thread of the same thickness.


Discover the 10 most interesting species discovered in 2010.

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Curated by Marco Ferrari