’Lost world’ discovered in remote Australia
2013 10 28

By Zoe Mintz | IBTimes



Scientists have found a “lost world” on a remote Australian peninsula that revealed three new species believed to be at least one million years old.

The expedition, a collaboration between James Cook University and National Geographic, brought tropical biologist Conrad Hoskin and Harvard University researcher Tim Laman to the Cape York Peninsula in northeast Australia, where they discovered a new leaf-tail gecko, a golden-colored skink and a boulder-dwelling frog, Agence France-Presse reports.

"All the animals from Cape Melville are incredible just for their ability to persist for millions of years in the same area and not go extinct. It’s just mind-blowing," Hoskin said about the isolated rainforest that sits on top of rugged boulders.

The team accessed the remote mountain range by helicopter. While the base of the boulders had been previously explored, little is known about the world on top of the granite blocks seen only with satellite imagery.

"The top of Cape Melville is a lost world. Finding these new species up there is the discovery of a lifetime -- I’m still amazed and buzzing from it," Hoskin told AFP about the nine-mile rainforest range surrounded by granite boulders. "Finding three new, obviously distinct vertebrates would be surprising enough in somewhere poorly explored like New Guinea, let alone in Australia, a country we think we’ve explored pretty well."

During the first day of the expedition, the scientists discovered a new species of skink, a kind of lizard. The golden-brown skink, known as Saproscincus saltus, only lives in the rainforest plateau, as described in the journal Zootaxa.

[...]

Read the full article at: ibtimes.com



Related Articles
Spectacular New Species Found in "Lost World"
25 of the most unusual places in South Australia
Mystery Deepens Over Ancient African Coins Discovered in Northern Australia
New language discovered in Australia, only spoken by 350 people
Giant Australian Animals Not Wiped Out By Climate Change 50,000 Years Ago
White man’s skull has Australians scratching heads
New Species of Mammal Discovered in Andes
Scientist foresees lab-made alien species


Latest News from our Front Page

What happened to Journalist Serena Shim? Assassinated? Find out what happened to Serena, Press TV director calls on Turkey
2014 10 21
Press TV news director Hamid Reza Emadi says the “suspicious death,” of the news channel’s correspondent in Turkey is a tragedy for “anyone who wants to get the truth.” Emadi made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Sunday following Serena Shim’s death across the border from Syria’s Kurdish city of Kobani, where the ISIL terrorists and Kurdish fighters ...
Ancient Roman Nanotechnology Inspires Next-Generation Holograms for Information Storage
2014 10 21
The Lycurgus Cup, as it is known due to its depiction of a scene involving King Lycurgus of Thrace, is a 1,600-year-old jade green Roman chalice that changes colour depending on the direction of the light upon it. It baffled scientists ever since the glass chalice was acquired by the British Museum in the 1950s, as they could not work ...
Rapid Geomagnetic Reversal Possibility: Confirmed
2014 10 21
From the video: "The scientists who conducted the study are still unsure why the magnetic field is weakening, but one likely reason is the Earth’s magnetic poles are getting ready to flip, said Rune Floberghagen, the ESA’s Swarm mission manager. In fact, the data suggest magnetic north is moving toward Siberia." Tune into Red Ice Radio: Ben Davidson - Suspicious0bservers: Space Weather ...
Georgia Guide Stone 2014 cube stone removal
2014 10 21
From: Youtube: Was it all just a gag? it seems the cube stone just happens to be made out of the same Elberton granite that the rest of this morbid monument is made from.
Secret Project Created Weaponized Ebola In South Africa In The 1980s
2014 10 21
“No records are available to confirm that the biological agents were destroyed.” Operating out of South Africa during the Apartheid era in the early 1980’s, Dr. Wouter Basson launched a secret bioweapons project called Project Coast. The goal of the project was to develop biological and chemical agents that would either kill or sterilize the black population and assassinate political enemies. ...
More News »