Thursday, December 20, 2007

Two New Species Discovered

Researchers working with a film crew in the "lost world" of the New Guinea mountain jungles have discovered two previously unknown species - one a giant rat about 5x the size of your average urban variety and the other a pygmy opossum.

Further, they also recorded the mating rituals of several rare birds. This was the second visit to the Foja Mountains in the Mamberamo Basin, dubbed a "lost world" due to its unspoiled nature and general inaccessibility. One of the rare birds was recently "rediscovered" in 2005 after over 20 years without a sighting by Westerners; another was filmed for the first time and is only known from the region.

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