Mite-y discoveries!

Two Russian teens discovered three species of mites new to science

By Sid Perkins, 08:52 AM May 20, 2014

LOS ANGELES — It is exciting to discover a species of animal or plant that is new to science. Now, imagine finding three new animal species. That’s what two Russian teens achieved as they were searching through vegetation, looking for mites.

Mites are tiny. Most can be seen only with the aid of a microscope. As arachnids, they belong to the group of animals that includes spiders, scorpions and ticks. Like ticks, their closest relatives, many mites are parasites. That means that they get their ...

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