PHOTOS: Top Ten New Species of 2007 Named

PHOTOS: Top Ten New Species of 2007 Named
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9. Rhinoceros Beetle

A new rhinoceros beetle found in Peru has a hornlike structure on its head that had never been seen before—except in Dim, a character in the Disney/Pixar animated film A Bug's Life.

This bizarre feature made it one of the International Institute for Species Exploration's (IISE's) top ten new species of 2007, released in May 2008.

In real life, nearly 15,000 to 20,000 new species are discovered each year.

According to a recent report from IISE and its partners, 2006 saw 16,969 species named—the first time in scientific literature.

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—Photograph courtesy International Institute for Species Exploration/Arizona State University
 
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