The Friday Five: Conservation and nature stories from around the world that caught our eye this week
Each week, countless inspiring and informative stories are published about conservation successes or discoveries in nature and wildlife around the world. This week, in honour of Halloween, here are some of the spookiest conservation and nature stories that caught our attention the week of October 24, 2016:
Two heads are better than one
Who said two-headed creatures were just in stories? Unlike the mythical Lernaean Hydra, best known for battling Heracles, there are many rare, real-life creatures that may have inspired this famous fable.
Scientists identify pickled rock as dino brain
Jamie Hiscocks knew there was something peculiar about the tiny rock he discovered a decade ago in England. Turns out, his finding is actually fossilized brain tissue, marking the first ever discovery of this kind.
A Yeti sighting that leaves you crabby
A rare species of crab, known as the Yeti crab, has been name in tribute to the infamous monster we all know and love. Despite having its existence confirmed, the chances of seeing this very hairy crab is about as likely as seeing the Yeti itself, as it this crab is found in the deep ocean.
Sexiest arachnid alive
Move aside, David Beckham, Britain has some new contenders for sexiest species alive. A reserve in Dorest is home to the most rare and beautiful spiders in the UK. These “sexy” spiders may look pretty, but they have bite.
The scary reality about wildlife populations
If you want to scare a conservationist, simply say one word: extinction. According to the Living Planet report, dubbed the most comprehensive wildlife survey to date, our planet is steadily approaching the first mass extinction of animal life since the dinosaurs.