I have three new species of animal to tell you about. First, new species of creature has been found that are able to live without oxygen. These are the first animals that do not depend on oxygen to breathe and reproduce and were discovered by scientists on the bed of the Mediterranean Sea. This is newsworthy because until now scientists thought only bacteria could do this.
Second, a new species in human lineage's evolution -- researchers have discovered in South Africa two partial skeletons of a new species of evolving primate that incorporates ape and human features in a previously unseen combination. .
The skeletons, of a boy and a young woman, have orangutan-length arms but human- shaped hands. Changes to the legs and pelvis suggest that the creatures spent much of their time upright, although their feet are primitive. They have small, humanlike teeth but an ape-size braincase.
Although anthropologists long ago rejected the notion of a missing link in human prehistory waiting to be found, few doubt that there are "missing strands" in the tangled braid of co-evolving pre-human lineages.
The new species, named Australopithecus sediba, appears to be one of them.
The third is a little harder to define and illustrate -- the new species of politician.
In the January 13, 1970 edition of Look magazine predicted that "a new species of politician will soon arise."
This species will put a greater premium on "honesty, intelligence, independence, courage, self-sacrifice and vision." This new species will replace the late-60s species that practices "the old politics of insult, gut-fighting and invective. Such tactics are euphemistically called 'going on the attack,' meaning the advance of the warrior-orator who disembowels his adversary and hoists the shredded corpse on a victory pike."
Dick Polman wrote about it in September 2009, where he notes that, ironically, Look magazine died in 1971. Nevertheless, Americans are today in 2010 looking for a new species of politician. We've had over a year of the hope and change politician and we don't much like it.
We want a return to small federal and local governments; strong military; low taxes; politicians that will actually listen to those they are paid to represent. What are the chances of finding this elusive creature? I think they are better today than they were in early 2009. However, the new political species may be as elusive as this image:
Below are some politically related items you might want to read as you venture out in your search for the new political species.
Looks like the good mayor of University Park hates the American system so much that he refuses to allow Republican candidates to attend events in his town even when they are invited by the event hosts. I wasn’t aware that a mere mayor had such dictatorial powers in the United States of America, but apparently Mayor Alvin McCowan thinks he does.