Tagged With salamanders

Luck doesn't strike daily. Sometimes you lose your wallet, trip up the stairs, get into a car accident, or drop your iPhone and crack the screen. But sometimes you get lucky. Your scratch off card has a five dollar prize. You find out that your young nephew, not your dog, ate the dark chocolate bar whose wrapper is sitting on your floor. And sometimes you find frog bones inside your extinct mummified salamander.

In a scientific first, researchers have discovered a bizarre inter-species relationship in which salamanders and algae cosy up together to share cells. Scientists aren't entirely sure why these two very different organisms have adopted such an intimate arrangement, but the discovery could represent a completely new form of symbiotic relationship.

A team of biologists has just named three new salamanders in the genus Thorius; the tiniest tailed tetrapods known to science. Smaller than a matchstick, these creatures are as strange as they are adorable, their miniaturised anatomy pushing the boundaries of what natural selection can produce. Tragically, all three species appear to be edging toward extinction.

For the past four months, researchers working at the Postojna Cave in Slovenia have been waiting for a batch of eggs laid by an iconic salamander to hatch. The first two hatchlings have finally emerged, exciting the scientific community and captivating the entire country.