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Remote 'lost world' discovered in Australia


Posted on Monday, 28 October, 2013 | Comment icon 12 comments

The region remains mostly inaccessible. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.5 Diliff
Several new vertebrate species have been found in an isolated region of northern Australia.
The discovery was made by Conrad Hoskin who was accompanied by a National Geographic film crew to the rugged Cape Melville mountain range on Cape York Peninsula. The region is believed to have been isolated for millions of years and is home to a plethora of strange and unusual creatures.

Among them were three new vertebrates including a leaf-tail gecko, a skink with gold coloring and a new type of frog. "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," said Hoskin.

The area is particularly difficult to access and is strewn with large numbers of giant boulders the size of cars. Previous expeditions in to the region have been limited and to date it still remains largely unexplored.

"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," said Hoskin.

Source: Yahoo! News | Comments (12)

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #3 Posted by paperdyer on 28 October, 2013, 16:16
Can we start a pool as to when the GEICO Gekko's "cousin" shows in the commercials?
Comment icon #4 Posted by Emeraldgemheart on 28 October, 2013, 16:24
This is amazing. Too bad it'll be gone soon.
Comment icon #5 Posted by ancient astronaut on 28 October, 2013, 17:28
This is what will transpire. People will want to go and see the 'lost world' for themselves and "look but not touch"(but that will not happen). Then people will want a souvenir from the 'lost world' (the attitude is always, it won't hurt anything if I take this one thing home)and before you no it. No more 'lost world'. Sound about right?
Comment icon #6 Posted by Mr. Smith on 28 October, 2013, 23:51
sounds like only the most experienced and well equipped crew could explore any of it. Be surprised if the Aus govt doesn't declare it some kind of protected wilderness.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Lava_Lady on 29 October, 2013, 0:53
This is what will transpire. People will want to go and see the 'lost world' for themselves and "look but not touch"(but that will not happen). Then people will want a souvenir from the 'lost world' (the attitude is always, it won't hurt anything if I take this one thing home)and before you no it. No more 'lost world'. Sound about right? Sadly, yes. But a very cool discovery none the less.
Comment icon #8 Posted by coolguy on 29 October, 2013, 4:25
Did they find any hobbits.great find
Comment icon #9 Posted by Sir Wearer of Hats on 29 October, 2013, 4:55
It's Northern Queensland, Preimer Neumann will have sold the land to the mines already, so don't worry - it'll be well and truly lost shortly.
Comment icon #10 Posted by 33SD on 29 October, 2013, 5:17
Perhaps the hype is aimed at the younger generation so that when they reach adulthood they could say" hey, I remember that scene when I was a kid growing up! It was a rare discovery; I wasn't aware that last discovery of that kind." Privacy? that word no-longer relevant and you my friend with the clear and present foreign substance on your undies! you threw them in the corner thinking noone will see you. Wrong! No Privacy! Perhaps there's an urgency to this knowledge.
Comment icon #11 Posted by TheGreatBeliever on 29 October, 2013, 14:34
Still waiting for 'dinos found in lost world!'
Comment icon #12 Posted by Sir Rupert Von-Fritz 3rd on 29 October, 2013, 15:11
The title is a bit misleading to me, “Remote ‘lost world’ discovered” a leaf-tail gecko, a skink with gold colouring and a new type of frog, not quite what I pictured.. Tyrannosaurus, pterodactyls, a stackfull of dinosaurs & a race of ape-men, is what I had in mind.


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