Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Incredible

Via Drudge, news has hit of a major discovery of new species in the New Guninean mountains. What you see on the right are four species either completely unknown to the world, or largely thought of as myth before this expedition. This first is the Berlepsch's Six-Wired Bird of Paradise, which had never been seen alive before. Birds of Paradise only live in New Guinea and the North-Eest tip of Australia, and are incredibly beautiful.

A new species of red-faced, wattled honeyeater was discovered in the mountains; apparently the team had barely arrived at camp before coming across them.

Scientists also discovered at least twenty new species of frogs, four new species of butterfly, five new species of palm, and what may prove to be a Rhododendron with the largest blossom in the world. This frog is an unknown species of the genus Albericus.

The rare Golden- Fronted Bowerbird was seen performing its mating ritual. This was the second time it had been recorded in the wild by western scientists.

All of the pictures are from the New York Times story.

Update
: Here are a few more pictures available from the Beeb.

4 Comments:

Blogger DilexitPrior said...

Beautiful bird pictures but I'm surprised you haven nothing to say about the new cabinet.

February 07, 2006 7:15 PM  
Blogger DilexitPrior said...

*have

February 07, 2006 7:15 PM  
Blogger blinde said...

that is so beautiful! the world is alive!

February 08, 2006 12:25 AM  
Blogger gabriel said...

Oh, dp- you've asked for it now.

February 08, 2006 1:05 AM  

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