Baku. 1 August. REPORT.AZ/ Paulo Gonella made a bona fide scientific discovery while scrolling through Facebook. Now, it’s being heralded as the first new plant species “discovered” on the social network - putting everyone else’s Facebook “discoveries” of things like old high school flames and upcoming bar crawls to shame.
Report informs citing foreign media, an amateur botanist named Reginaldo Vasconcelos first posted a photo of the plant back in 2012 while hiking near his home in southeastern Brazil. A year later, Gonella stumbled across the photograph when another friend reposted it on Facebook. A plant researcher at the Institute of Biosciences at the University of São Paulo, Gonella realized this species of Drosera was new.
“The plants in the photo looked very different from all the other species I know,” Gonella told at Facebook Messenger.
Soon, Gonella and Vasconcelos returned to the mountain and confirmed that the plant, now named Drosera magnifica, was in fact new to science. After studying the plant along with other researchers at the Botanical State Collection in Munich, they announced its discovery last week.