First of a new species?

With all this evolution going on have scientists ever gotten ahold of a new species of animal, not necessarily the first animal ever but one of the first few of an animal that is different enough from it’s near ancestors (like within 10 generations) to be a whole new species?


Good Google keywords are ‘ring species’. Pretty interesting.

Bigger list:

Evolution doesn’t work that quickly, generally. Also, the definition of species is pretty fuzzy; the easiest one I’ve ever read is reproductive inviability among a diverging populace, but even that (liger/tiglons, various other mules that sometimes can breed) isn’t 100% rigorous. But are we seeing a variety of species changing over time? Yes, absolutely.


Animals? Only a few, although there’s usually a question about whether they’re “new” or recently discovered. As for smaller stuff like bacteria, yes, and lots. For example, there’s a type of flavobacterium that eats nylon, a substance which didn’t exist before this century.

Er, last century.

Mayan calendar, not Gregorian. Sorry, I thought that was obvious.

Holy shit, that’s awesome. I did not know about that.

Maybe there’s another bacterium that can eat holes into LCD monitors?

You didn’t know that we can see evolution in bacteria and viruses? Are you retarded? WTF do you think flu shots are all about? NEW strains.

Given that he linked to the FAQ, I’d say he knows about evolution and is just referring to the specific case of a bacterium that eats nylon.

Are you interested in just the stuff that’s been verified? Because some of the cryptozoological work can be pretty interesting, and I think it may be gaining momentum and credibility. Bernard Heuvelmans, Karl Shuker and others are a good place to start. William Corliss also, in a more encyclopedic sort of way.