GUADELOUPE

A newfound, centimeter-long bacterium challenges typical knowledge that micro organism can not develop giant sufficient to be seen with the bare eye. Scientists wonder if their sulfur-rich mangrove habitat is what lets these segmented single cells attain the dimensions of an eyelash.

BRAZIL

Scientists found {that a} tiny toad species’ inside ears are too small to work as inner gyroscopes, resulting in horrible leaping expertise. The diminutive orange amphibians somersault by the air, usually touchdown on their backs.

GREENLAND

Researchers discovered that an remoted polar bear inhabitants has tailored to thrive with out long-term entry to sea ice by searching from fallen chunks of glacier ice as a substitute. This talent might assist them endure because the local weather modifications and sea ice dwindles.

KYRGYZSTAN

An ancestral pressure of Yersinia pestis—the bacterium accountable for the Black Loss of life—was sequenced from the enamel of two 14th-century girls buried eight years earlier than the plague unfold throughout Europe. The pressure’s DNA was solely two mutations shy of the one which brought about the infamous illness.

AUSTRALIA

Researchers recommend a 77-square-mile seagrass mattress, as soon as constantly related by roots, is the world’s largest-known organism. This hybrid of Poseidon’s ribbon weed first sprouted 4,500 years in the past and has since grown to dominate the ground of Shark Bay on the nation’s western coast.

THAILAND

Reexamining historic rooster bones revealed that the fowl have been possible domesticated in Thailand about 3,500 years in the past, hundreds of years after beforehand proposed domestication dates. The birds might have been drawn to newly cultivated rice paddies.