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New Species, "Lost World.
Photograph courtesy Neville Kemp
This unnamed new imperial pigeon is among a menagerie of new species discovered in
Foja Mountains (map)
, scientists announced Monday.
In a few short weeks in these pristine
on the island of New Guinea, an international survey team uncovered at least a dozen new
-like frog and the world's smallest wallaby.
Many of the animals are found nowhere else but in the Foja mountaintops, whose inaccessibility has allowed the species to evolve in isolation—prompting the region's nickname: the Lost World.
's Rapid Assessment Program (RAP) helicoptered in and endured violent storms and flash floods to assess the region's "biological value."
A follow-up to a
2005 RAP, which brought the Lost World worldwide fame
, the 2008 expedition was partially funded by the National Geographic Society's
. (The National Geographic Society owns National Geographic News.)
Pictures: ''Lost World'' of New Species Found in Indonesia"
Published May 17, 2010
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