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Lost world of fanged frogs and giant rats discovered in Papua New GuineaIn pictures: Lost land of the volcano

Robert Booth The Guardian, Monday 7 September 2009 Article history
The Bosavi woolly rat had no fear of humans when it was discovered.

Photograph: Jonny Keeling/BBC

A lost world populated by fanged frogs, grunting fish and tiny bear-like creatures has been discovered in a remote volcanic crater on the Pacific island of Papua New Guinea.


'A giant woolly rat never before seen by science' Link to this audio A team of scientists from Britain, the United States and Papua New Guinea found more than 40 previously unidentified species when they climbed into the kilometre-deep crater of Mount Bosavi and explored a pristine jungle habitat teeming with life that has evolved in isolation since the volcano last erupted 200,000 years ago. In a remarkably rich haul from just five weeks of exploration, the biologists discovered 16 frogs which have never before been recorded by science, at least three new fish, a new bat and a giant rat, which may turn out to be the biggest in the world.

The discoveries are being seen as fresh evidence of the richness of the world's rainforests and the explorers hope their finds will add weight to calls for international action to prevent the demise of similar ecosystems. They said Papua New Guinea's rainforest is currently being destroyed at the rate of 3.5% a year.

"It was mind-blowing to be there and it is clearly time we pulled our finger out and decided these habitats are worth us saving," said Dr George McGavin who headed the expedition.

The team of biologists included experts from Oxford University, the London Zoo and the Smithsonian Institution and are believed to be the first scientists to enter the mountainous Bosavi crater. They were joined by members of the BBC Natural History Unit which filmed the expedition for a three-part documentary which starts tomorrow night.
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Lost world of fanged frogs and giant rats discovered in Papua New Guinea | Environment | The Guardian
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Saw the title of the thread and thought "Another thread on the Senate?"...
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The discoveries are being seen as fresh evidence of the richness of the world's rainforests . . ..
Yeah, it seems that way when you don't live in one.

I think of the richness every time I dodge a bear, or worse bear poop.


I have to say that the rat in the picture is cute, and I want one for a pet.

Kangaroos dwelling in trees? Sounds like they could further evolve to feed on crushed hikers.
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Wow. Thanks for posting this. Neat to learn there's something "new under the sun."
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You know now that it's been discovered someone willl be dying to put in an airstrip and a hotel and guided "tours" of it so it can be explored/wrecked. Then some invasive species plants and animals will arrive and screw the whole thing. As has happened to Hawaii.
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Sorry...

Saw the title of the thread and thought "Another thread on the Senate?"...
Sorry to have disappointed you.. Now that I look at it from your point of view I can relate.....
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Yeah, it seems that way when you don't live in one.

I think of the richness every time I dodge a bear, or worse bear poop.
Awww life in the wild.....


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I have to say that the rat in the picture is cute, and I want one for a pet.
And I thought bears were cute........

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Kangaroos dwelling in trees? Sounds like they could further evolve to feed on crushed hikers.
Mikeyy likes to hike and right now if he isn't in the back lot in Burbank, he is so close........
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You know now that it's been discovered someone willl be dying to put in an airstrip and a hotel and guided "tours" of it so it can be explored/wrecked. Then some invasive species plants and animals will arrive and screw the whole thing. As has happened to Hawaii.
A good bet that is on someones mind....
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