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40 new species found in Amazon 'lost world'

Posted on Sunday, 1 October, 2006 | Comment icon 14 comments

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"Up to 40 new species of plants and animals, including a bird and a tree rat, have been discovered in an expedition to one of the world’s last unspoilt wildernesses."

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Comment icon #5 Posted by DeathKnight on 2 October, 2006, 6:13
can someone post the pictures as soon as they are up or is it time for me to NINJA some pics ? i cant wait to see these pics
Comment icon #6 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: on 2 October, 2006, 12:13
It is neat and sad at the same time. Seems man has the ability to ruin things he finds. They have already taken specimens out of their natural surroundings and into cages and labs. Caging and stripping freedom from a living creature is horrible. I just hope the scientists will treat their specimens with love and respect.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Lone_wolf_eyes on 2 October, 2006, 15:51
I heard about this on the news. I think its really good that we are finding new animals (and if anyone has a link where there might be pictures of some of these animals please message me). Like stated above in the first reply, we are finding new species and losing old ones which is kinda sad. But I personally think these new species are now already on a path of destruction just by being discovered. Soon that area will become a tourist attraction, begin growing and BAM! The forest is gone, the animals are decreasing and WWF has more on their plate then donations can handle. Sad really. Humans s... [More]
Comment icon #8 Posted by Lone_wolf_eyes on 2 October, 2006, 17:18
and i bring to!!
Comment icon #9 Posted by QueenOftheCramped on 2 October, 2006, 20:12
and i bring to!! Sweetheart, these are from Indonesia & New Guinea, not the Amazon, where the article refers to...
Comment icon #10 Posted by Aztec Warrior on 2 October, 2006, 20:23
I believe they forgot to mention the spiders Leticia Avilés and, Anelosimus eximius, which live in large colonies and grow to as much as 2 meter across. They are carnivorous and highly venomous, know to consume humans. Eh, I could be wrong about that, the chief elder tells me.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Raptor X7 on 2 October, 2006, 20:29
I believe they forgot to mention the spiders Leticia Avilés and, Anelosimus eximius, which live in large colonies and grow to as much as 2 meter across. They are carnivorous and highly venomous, know to consume humans. Eh, I could be wrong about that, the chief elder tells me. The spiderweb is 2 metres across. The spiders themselves are not particularly large at all.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Aztec Warrior on 2 October, 2006, 20:34
That's what i meant. But they still have that poison. Then they partially eat and lay their eggs inside the dead prey, which in turn consume their way out. Village elder says I exaggerate.
Comment icon #13 Posted by evancj on 2 October, 2006, 21:36
It always warms my heart to know that there are places on this earth where people have not tread on or trampled over. But I can’t help but wonder how long it will be before we systematically destroy these new habitats. The very discovery of these rare and sensitive species puts their lives at risk. I can’t help but wonder how many plant, insect, and animal species have gone extinct with out our knowledge, and of those how many held secrets such as cures for diseases, or agricultural solutions to world hunger.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Roj47 on 14 December, 2006, 12:12
[more are contained among the thousands of specimens brought back for analysis. Besides the rat and the bird, the new species found include seven fish, eight frogs, lizards and snakes, two shrimps and eight plants. One species of lizard, Amapafaurus petrabactulus, was rediscovered having been seen only twice before, both times in 1970. The lizard is unusual in having four fingers on its claws, whereas it closest relative has three. Here's hoping that they did not bring back the only 4 fingered lizards that were free. Maybe it will be over 25 years until the next sightings.

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