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Did scientists discover a new shape? Well, first we have to define ‘shape.’ Also, ‘new.’

A cool scientific finding and a strange semantic investigation.
scutoid

Scutoids are so named for their resemblance to a beetle's back

Luis M. Escudero (Seville University, Spain), Javier Buceta (Lehigh University, USA), Pedro Gomez-Galvez, Pablo Vicente-Munuera and scientists from Andalucian Center of Developmental Biology, and the Severo Ocha Center of Molecular Biology, among others.

“Scientists just discovered a new shape” makes for a great headline—and a lot of questions. Chief among them: What the heck is a new shape? How can a shape be ? Surely all shapes exist, at least in theory, and we’re just coming along and describing them. And?

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