Monday, May 17, 2010

New mammals, bird added to Indonesian fauna

It's hard to keep up with new species discoveries. One day after I did a roundup article on several of the most recent, out comes this report from Conservation International. The bag of a single expedition: a new tree kangaroo, a new woolly rat, a new pigeon, and a long-nosed frog called Pinocchio that was nabbed by hand when it simply hopped up onto a bag of rice the explorers' camp, seemingly presenting itself to science. It will take some work to confirm these are all new species (the pigeon, for example, might be a new color morph of a known type) but the point is the same as always: we are still discovering nature.

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