Discovery of New Organism

By: Brooklyn Jesseph

Banshee Discovered

Dr. Everatt Willes, a leading scientist at Science and Evolution Corporation, discovered the banshee September 25, 2057. The banshee was discovered in the Dust on the northwest coast of Pandora. Dr. Willes discovered the banshee while looking for new plants in the forest when he saw the large creature land in a tree nearby.

Dr. WIlles named this large creature a Banshee due to its loud piercing signature cry. It is thought to be used for territorial reasons. A banshee will also make a warning hiss to display a threatening posture. It will give a short sharp shriek when in distress. When in contentment and grooming, the banshee will make a low guttural sound, usually when being social.

Banshees project sound from its head. It focuses the direction of the sound by opening its mouth. Chambers in the head amplify the sound before being emitted. Some will resonate sound when the mouth is closed.

Banshees range in colors, most are bright though. It has six legs, a hexapod, and four wings. The banshee has large wings to fly. It has reptilian-like skin but has a bird-like metabolism. Due to strenuous flying, banshees have a cooling system. The banshee breathes in air through the spiracles or air inlets. There is a flap-valve that regulates breathing. The lungs of the banshee are located under the ribs. The difference between other animals and the banshee is that the lungs have an unidirectional flow, letting air go through gill-like slits. Carbon-fiber makes the banshees' bones light and strong and their muscle tissue allows them to have stronger strokes. The smaller hind wings keeps the banshee level in flight. The tail-plane is used for steering. A banshee can dive up to speeds of 140 knots.

The banshee has two primary eyes and two secondary eyes. The primary eyes, similarly to human eyes, can see in full color. The secondary eyes are used when hunting because they can see in the dark. The banshee is a heterotroph and eats smaller rain forest creatures.