Unlike the oceans, almost every corner of Earth's land has been visited by people. Using the latest technology, scientists can even explore remote places that are difficult for us to travel to, such as areas that are very cold, very wet, very dry, or very high.

But take a regular person a bit further away from their home, and we will soon start feeling as if we're entering the great unknown. Terra incognita for our knowledge and experience.

So in an attempt to accentuate the beauty of Mother Nature, let's take a look at the wonderful creatures who inhabit it. The Twitter account 'Weird Animals' is excellent for such a task. It posts photos of species most have never even heard of, and they really help to achieve the goal of 'Weird Animals,' specified in the account's bio section, which is to highlight the wonders of evolution and the extraordinary diversity of life.

More info: Twitter

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K- THULU
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2 months ago

That is fkn adorable...

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K- THULU
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Only 12? How sad....

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As you can see, our planet really is home to an incredible diversity of creatures.

According to the team at Our World in Data, a scientific online publication that focuses on large global problems such as poverty, disease, hunger, climate change, existential risks, and inequality, there are several ways we can answer the question of how much life is on Earth.

We could, for instance, count the number of species, population sizes or the number of individual organisms, but these metrics can make it difficult to compare between taxa: small organisms may have a large population but still account for a very small percentage of Earth's organic matter.

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varwenea
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2 months ago

Pride Pigeon!

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Mimi La Souris
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2 months ago

and this solves the ancestral question: they are black with white stripes

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Fiona Parky
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2 months ago

Angry koosh ball!

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For a meaningful comparison, we can, instead, look at biomass—it is measured in tonnes of carbon as it is a key building-block of life. In this case:

  • plants – mainly trees – dominate Earth: they account for more than 82% of biomass;
  • surprisingly in second place is the life we cannot see: tiny bacteria sum up to 13%;
  • whilst our perceptions are often focused on the animal kingdom, it accounts for only 0.4%;
  • humans make up just 0.01% of biomass, so we'd need about 70 trillion of us to match the Earth’s collective biomass.
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Sue Lynn Chan
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2 months ago

It's too adorable to be real...🥺🥺🥺

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I'll think of a username soon
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2 months ago

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!

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Great Pyrenees
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2 months ago

The bird looks so good with the snow

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dude with fat japanese in pp
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2 months ago

thats a big black c**k

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But if we want to get more specific, then we can start with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List. It tracks the number of described species and updates the figure annually based on the latest work of taxonomists.

In 2021, it listed 2.13 million species on the planet, including 1.05 million insects, over 83,000 mollusks, over 11,000 birds, and over 6,000 mammals. These figures, however, might be a bit too high. This is because some species end up being synonyms – the description of already-known species, simply given a separate name.

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Ogre Juan Canolli
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2 months ago

Baby Jackalope Do Do Do Do

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varwenea
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2 months ago

Looks like it could inspire a Fantastic Beast creature.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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2 months ago

That's pretty cute.

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Queen fhk
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2 months ago

Disco squid

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There is a continual evaluation process to remove synonyms (and most are eventually), but often, species are added at a faster rate than synonyms can be found and removed.

To get a sense of how big this problem is, consider this: one study estimated that around 20% of the described species were undiscovered duplicates. The paper estimated that the 1.9 million described species at the time was actually closer to 1.5 million unique species.

If we were to assume this 20% figure to be true, our 2.12 million described species might actually be closer to just 1.7 million.

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Nathaniel
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2 months ago

Looks like they are wearing underpants.

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Debrina Blackmoon
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2 months ago

FLOOF! <3

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Stephanie Did It
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2 months ago

What an elegant bird.

Chris Liu
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2 months ago (edited)

I read that as elephant bird

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glowworm2
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2 months ago

Dad has quite the tail!

Bored Retsuko
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2 months ago

Perfect picture!

LoneTomato
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2 months ago

Until I read the caption and looked closer I thought the little one was trying to be tough and scare off the bigger guy

Debrina Blackmoon
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2 months ago

Great dad!

kat lia
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2 months ago

It is like watching a glamorous singer/actress feeding her kid before her concert or in between takes while making a movie.

Id row
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2 months ago

Look at that tail feather!

Glynna Bowood
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2 months ago

Like a guy in tux and tail spoon feeding a baby!

Okatango
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2 months ago

We've all met these kids in the shopping mall...

cat?
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2 months ago

that tail is loooong

Foxxy (The Original)
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2 months ago

So pretty.

Ogre Juan Canolli
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2 months ago

A Good Dad

Daphne
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2 months ago

Beautiful!

GadgetGirl
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2 months ago

My, what big blue eyes you have...

Audra Sisler
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2 months ago

FEEEEEED MEEEEEEE!!!!😆

Don Golosso
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2 months ago

Looks like he is shouting: "Again rainworms dad, come on!"

Sharon
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2 months ago

And that little bit of fluff will turn into that elegant bit of bright flight...or look like his mommy..

Thundercuss
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2 months ago

See? Everything is beautiful in Japan!

Jaden Alexander
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2 months ago

But daaaaaaaaaaaaad we had bugs last night. Can't we have pizza?

Karen Tape
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2 months ago

They come in so many colors too!

Sandi Liss
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2 months ago

O my what a beautiful bird

Enigma wrapped in a paradox
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2 months ago

Stunning

Scott Crowell
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2 months ago

DAD He called me Ugly!

Autistic apricot
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2 months ago

So majestic

Sarah Brown
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2 months ago

How did they get a picture of my toddler!?

Susan Green
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2 months ago

Amazing.

JustTabandMe K
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2 months ago

What a difference a (few) days make!!!

Lori Harper
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2 months ago

So much feather, so little bird

Veronica Vatter
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2 months ago

What a good daddy

Auntriarch
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2 months ago

Expecting a glow-up soon

Linda HS
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2 months ago

Wow

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Imperfect Panda
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2 months ago

These happy looking Momma’s will sometimes toss their babies out of their pouches when being chased by a predator though in order to slow it down and get away. Pretty sure I read that in some other Panda feed.

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Either way, academics believe that these numbers are still an underestimate. One of the most widely-cited figures comes from Camila Mora and colleagues. They suggest that there are around 8.7 million species on Earth today, with 2.2 million of them living in the ocean.

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Moose
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2 months ago

Giant? How giant??

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Bored Retsuko
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2 months ago

Not weird at all, but upvoted for cuteness 😁

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Casey Burns
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2 months ago

Beyblade.

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Nathaniel
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2 months ago

Mmmm, are those boy bats? Are those the love spuds we can see?

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As Robert May said in a paper published in Science:

"If some alien version of the Starship Enterprise visited Earth, what might be the visitors' first question? I think it would be: 'How many distinct life forms—species—does your planet have?' Embarrassingly, our best-guess answer would be in the range of 5 to 10 million eukaryotes (never mind the viruses and bacteria), but we could defend numbers exceeding 100 million, or as low as 3 million."

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imontape
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2 months ago

Looks like the Twitter bird

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Casey Burns
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2 months ago

And they're being illegally eaten to extinction in China.

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Nathaniel
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2 months ago

The Discworld!

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Bernd Herbert
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2 months ago

Defining the meaning of "lving a chill life"

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At first, it doesn't seem like a big deal, but the fact that there are so many species that we've yet to discover has real consequences for our ability to understand changes in global biodiversity and the rate of species extinctions. If we don't know that certain species exist, we also don't know that they might have, or will soon, disappear. Some animals will inevitably go extinct before we realize that they existed.

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Michelle M
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2 months ago

Not rodents, closely related to moles, exclusively found in Africa, lifespan of 4 - 5 years.

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Jo Johannsen
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2 months ago

Banana for scale, please.

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Mistiekim
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2 months ago

The body looks like a drawing - something done with a black pen.

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Mistiekim
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2 months ago

This googly eye thing has gone too far.

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Cassandra Dorman
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2 months ago

I LIKE.

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Bored Retsuko
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2 months ago

🥰

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Ellie Vanille
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2 months ago

Brought to you by the Ministry of Silly Walks.

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Maxi
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2 months ago

So cute! ❤️

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tw 72
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2 months ago

Smart little guys

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imontape
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2 months ago

It looks perfect for Barbie's dream castle

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Cuzvito
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2 months ago

Shiny Lobster

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WordWeaver
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2 months ago

Goth flamingo.

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Maxi
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2 months ago

Beautiful.

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Bored Retsuko
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2 months ago

Impressive!

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Casey Burns
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2 months ago

I hope they aren't endangered because of us. Because how could anyone hurt something so beautiful?

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Maxi
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2 months ago

Very sophisticated.

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Cassandra Dorman
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2 months ago

This is the only picture I have found where it's body is flat. Yet the picture looks real, so I guess the snake is able to flatten if the are scaling an edge and need to keep balanced.

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Roborowski
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2 months ago

With the emoticons on the wings it shows that it smiles

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Jennik
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2 months ago (edited)

Related to the potoo (I'm not joking this time - it really is)

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Jennik
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2 months ago

A naked potoo?

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Fiona Parky
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2 months ago

Angry pebbles!

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Imperfect Panda
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2 months ago

Avatar creature!

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Mistiekim
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2 months ago

They look like a dinosaur!

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Mistiekim
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2 months ago

Ahhh! Xenomorph!!!

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meh
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2 months ago

"Xenodermus", they are non-venomous I think small in size too.

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