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Goodbye, black rhino; hello hammerhead shark

A Black Rhinoceros in Tanzania. (Credit: John and Karen Hollingsworth, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

A Black Rhinoceros in Tanzania. (Credit: John and Karen Hollingsworth, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

This past week, media outlets reported one animal moving from an endangered species to an extinct species, but another new species is discovered. While the latter news doesn’t reduce the sadness that many conservationists feel at the loss of the Western black rhinoceros, the introduction of the Carolina hammerhead shark – a much larger new species discovery than is typical – shows that genetically distinct species are still being uncovered by scientists. Looking for good research paper topics for your biology, zoology, or conservation courses? Consider looking at what conservation efforts could do to prevent losses of critically endangered species like the Western black rhino – or take a peek at how scientists are continuing to uncover secrets about distinct new species. Read more