Article: New species found in Papua 'Eden'



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 plant life from the lower hills to near the summit of the Foja range,
which reaches more than 2,000m in elevation.

Full Text at the BBC
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/4688000.stm

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