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12 year old boy discovers new genus of spider


Have you ever thought of discovering not only a species but a completely unknown genus of an animal?

Boy meets spider

I don't know about you, but whenever they left me in my grandmother's garden, I was all dirty with dirt and too happy to have found a worm or another.

Remembering your childhood, imagine a 12-year-old bumping into a spider genus never before seen by science? Yes, it happened in Australia.

There is a camp in central Tasmania called Bush Blitz that encourages young people to look for new animal species in this region - obviously overseen by trained people. But the story of Pakana's Robert Beeton has shocked science because it is a totally unheard-of genre if we consider discoveries of more common species in this environment.

According to project creator Jo Harding, in an interview with APC radio, "more than 700 new species have been found in the last four years." Also on the radio, the boy commented: “I love spiders since I was a kid. That's why I like to do what I do best. ”

As Harding said, the boy went to the leaders who accompanied him saying that he had seen a “big, ugly, half black and tiger-striped spider” (see photo below). After confirming the fact that this genus had never been discovered, the boy gained a chance to name the animal. The 12-year-old was chosen to be “Paruwi,” because according to Beeton, “this is his father's nickname”.

(//revistagalileu.globo.com/Ciencia/noticia/2014/07/river-de-12-years-discover-new-generator.html)