Lost world of fanged frogs

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Lost world of fanged frogs and giant rats discovered in Papua New Guinea

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/sep/07/discovery-species-papua-new-guinea

In pictures: Lost land of the volcano I added these pics below the article




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.
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'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.
They found the three-kilometre wide crater populated by spectacular birds of paradise and in the absence of big cats and monkeys, which are found in the remote jungles of the Amazon and Sumatra, the main predators are giant monitor lizards while kangaroos have evolved to live in trees. New species include a camouflaged gecko, a fanged frog and a fish called the Henamo grunter, named because it makes grunting noises from its swim bladder.
"These discoveries are really significant," said Steve Backshall, a climber and naturalist who became so friendly with the never-before seen Bosavi silky cuscus, a marsupial that lives up trees and feeds on fruits and leaves, that it sat on his shoulder.
"The world is getting an awful lot smaller and it is getting very hard to find places that are so far off the beaten track."
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The crater of the extinct volcano Mount Bosavi, on the New Guinea mainland


The beautiful fruit dove


A buff-faced pygmy parrot, found by bird expert Jack Dumbacher


A hairy caterpillar found in the rainforest


The Bosavi woolly rat had no fear of humans when it was discovered



A jungle spider camouflaged as lichen. There are thought to be more than 5m species of insect and spiders yet to be found in the world's jungles



An iridescent beetle found in the rainforest



Common tube-nosed bat found by expert Alanna Maltby



The endangered Litoria sauroni amphibian



The Bosavi silky cuscus mammal



The king bird of paradise. Biologist Jack Dumbacher caught one as part of his study into the diseases held in the rainforest



The emerald green disc on the tail feather of the king bird of paradise which are used in a courtship ritual



A striped possum, found by Muse Opiang and Gordon Buchanan, an animal which lets out a strong odour as a defence mechanism



The black and yellow noctuid caterpillars found by George McGavin. When the caterpillars sit together like this they resemble a small snake, possibly as a defence strategy



Opening to Mageni cave, New Britain, Papua New Guinea
 

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I want one of each of them!!!!
Even the world's biggest (and unafraid) rat and that weird spider?? =(

Haven't you seen Princess Bride? Swamp rats eat you alive.

Ha. And this place really could be the fire swamp. It's on top of a volcano.





Okay, fire rainforest. Whatever.
 

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I'm glad that we are still finding new species maybe it will one day help these bible thumping morons grasp the fact that evolution is real.
God places new species on the planet for us to rule, like little gems into an ocean. If you do not believe this, you are obviously a profit of the devil and should therefore be burned at the stake.

Tsk Tsk Tsk

When will you Satanic Scientists ever learn?