New species of catfish discovered by scientists along with salt in space and feathered fossils.
This week, scientists discovered six new catfish species with tentacle noses in the Amazon River. After the discovery in the Amazon rainforest, one of the scientists, Lesley de Souza said:
“We recently discovered six new catfish species in the Orinoco and Amazon River basins. The new spices have tentacles on their faces and claw-like spines sticking out of their heads. Their spines help them defend themselves in their nests. Their bodies are covered with bony plates just like armor. They are fish superheroes. They are warriors.”
Meanwhile, on another end of the world of discovery, scientists found the first-known feathered fossil. The fossil is about 52 million years old and it had a beak that it used to crack and eat seeds. The birds had their habitat near the Wyoming Fossil Lake. This site is one of the best fossilization spots in the world.
Not too long ago, archeologists also discovered a species of oviraptorosaur in Mongolia called Gobiraptor minutus. It is one of the feathered dinosaurs that were in existence during the Cretaceous period. This particular dinosaur had thick jaws and tough shells. It most likely lived about 66 million years ago according to researchers.
Somewhere In Outer Space
Over the years, a lot of discoveries have been made in space. Recently, researchers discovered salt in space. The salt was found near a young star, Orion Nebula, that is 1,500 light-years away from earth. The chemical traces of table salt were found in a disk that rotates around the Orion Nebula.
This discovery is especially significant because, until now, researchers have only found this substance in the outer layers of dying stars. They suggested that the salt may have originated from grains of dust. The scientists said that they would need to observe Orion Nebula before they can determine if the salt is also inside the young star.