New Species in West Papua Indonesia

Once again, it has been proved that Indonesia is a land of biodiversity and nature acts. Some new odd and spectacular things have been found and originated, from the largest eruption in history (Mount Tambora) to the "Hobbit man", even devastating Tsunami and now, new species. God definitely matters in the islands.

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New species found in Papua 'Eden'

An international team of scientists says it has found a "lost world" in the Indonesian jungle that is home to dozens of new animal and plant species.

"It's as close to the Garden of Eden as you're going to find on Earth," said Bruce Beehler, co-leader of the group.

The team recorded new butterflies, frogs, and a series of remarkable plants that included five new palms and a giant rhododendron flower.

The survey also found a honeyeater bird that was previously unknown to science.

The research group - from the US, Indonesia and Australia - trekked through an area in the mist-shrouded Foja Mountains, located just north of the vast Mamberamo Basin of north-western (Indonesian) New Guinea.

The researchers spent nearly a month in the locality, detailing the wildlife and plantlife from the lower hills to near the summit of the Foja range, which reaches more than 2,000m in elevation.

"It's beautiful, untouched, unpopulated forest; there's no evidence of human impact or presence up in these mountains," Dr Beehler told the BBC News website.
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1 comments:

akbarfajar Wednesday, 08 February, 2006  

yes i heard the news jeff, negeri kita kaya ya, sayang belom bersih :P padahal bisa makmur ya jeff, salam

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