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[Scientific American] Man discovers a new life-form at a South African truck stop

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Like many biologists, the German biologist Oliver Zompro spends thousands of hours looking at specimens of dead animals. He found his first new species when he was twenty. By the age of thirty he had named dozens of wild new forms. While other people around him did crossword puzzles and drank lattes, he explored the world, one animal at a time.

Then, one day, things changed. He was looking through specimens when he found something more interesting than anything he had ever seen before. It was a fossil that looked like a cross between two different kinds of animals. It had the wrong mix of parts. It was--he would come to convince himself--a single individual of an entirely new order of beasts.

An order is one of the big categories of life, a big branch on evolution's tree. Animal species are named every day, but finding another new order would be equivalent to discovering bats having not previously known they existed. Bats constitute their own order, as do primates, beetles, flies and rodents.
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yum

but this does not relate to computers at all
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good thing its in the technology and SCIENCE news area then right?

Cool find though!
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yum

but this does not relate to computers at all
Doesnt have to.
    
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yum

but this does not relate to computers at all

But it is science news.

And some things are more important than computers.
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Cool.
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yum

but this does not relate to computers at all
That's why admin made the section in the first place. Topics like this are fine here. Quoting his answer to a question I asked during inception:

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Basically. It's a place for tech enthusiasts (like most of us are) to post news that does not directly pertain to the core of this site - Overclocking. Sound OK?
However it needs to stay relevant to the implied concept behind the name of the section. Again though, this one is fine.
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yum

but this does not relate to computers at all
It doesnt have to, its news!
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It's a praying mantis?
    
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It doesnt have to, its news!
Wrong. You can't just post any news here on OCN.

This particular item is fine because it is on the Tech & Science news.

You can't post news about how some firefigher rescued a cat from a tree. If you absolutely must do that however, there's the Off Topic section.

The main news section is only for General Computer / Hardware /Software / Games / Tech / Science related news.

I hope that's cleared it.
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