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00000177-ba84-d5f4-a5ff-bbfc9ad70000with Ari DanielThe story of Earth's biodiversity from the Encylopedia of Life.One Species at a Time is heard every second Monday on WCAI: during Morning Edition at 8:30 and afternoons during All Things Considered at 5:30.Discover the wonders of nature—right outside your back door and halfway around the world. In our new season of audio broadcasts, we’ll be learning about life as small as yeast and as big as a bowhead whale. Hear people's stories about nature and hone your backyard observation skills. We’ll be exploring the diversity of life—five minutes and One Species at a Time. Listen to us online, or download us and take us with you on your own exploration of the world around you. Brought to you by the Encyclopedia of Life and Atlantic Public Media.The host and producer is Ari Daniel. Jay Allison and Viki Merrick edit.Visit the Encyclopedia of Life and explore their full catalog of podcasts.For archives of One Species at a Time, including episodes dating from before October 2012, go to the One Species at a Time Archives.

Springtails

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Miroslav Deml, BioLib.cz. CC BY.
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Until 2000, biologists classified the curious springtail as an insect. Then new DNA evidence forced scientists like Louis Deharveng to revise their thinking and redraw a branch on the tree of life.

Springtails are tiny creatures that live underfoot in the soil and leaf litter. Most people are not even aware they exist.