New and Extremely Rare Discovery

Recent Scientific Discovery of the Helicoradian

Journey to Discovery

A team of environmental scientists from Yale University have been exploring the Amazon Rain Forrest from top to bottom in search of a rare pink Bromeliad. However, in their search they came upon something that was far more memorizing to the naked eye. Right before their eyes was what scientist Robert Sheldon (founder) described at first as a "winding staircase plant structure, that towered 25 feet above their heads." They have never seen anything like this before, so they were certain that this has been a type of organism that no one else has witnessed either. To their surprise they were about to discover something even more shocking about the recently discovered Helicoradian. (Continue on below to read more)

Half Animal/ Half Plant?

Coming as a shock to every scientist that has heard, the newly discovered Helicoradian is indeed a zooplantae, or a half plant/half animal species. It is described as a single leafed spiraling structure with hundreds of ridges along the edge and can stand up to an astonishing 26 feet tall, and is also is pale to bright orange in color. One interesting characteristic that the team of scientists discovered is the orange pigments in the leaf can be extracted, and used as a paint-like substance. The Helicoradian responds specifically touch by coiling up and then retracting to the ground. One reason they do that is to completely shield itself so that it is no longer exposed to any herbivores that could be passing by to eat it. Scientists have classified the Helicoradian as a heterotrophic, so uses its touch sensitivity to coil quickly in order to trap any small animals or insects that may be passing by for its consumption. Since it is neither bipedal or hexopodal, their food source relies completely on whatever can pass by within their area of reach. The Helicoradian's respiratory system is found at the top of the base and can still be easily be obtainable even if it is completely coiled up. Coming to a close, the team of environmental scientists are still trying to figure out how the Helicoradian has a nervous system (like an animal) & continue to observe astonishing characteristics for what they stumbled upon originally as an accident. (To read more look for the new issue that will be coming out in June 2014)