Leaf-tailed gecko, golden-coloured skink and boulder-dwelling frog: New species found in Australia's lost world
Monday 28 October 2013
On a remote mountain range, in a patch of rainforest isolated for millions of years, Australian scientists have discovered three previously unknown vertebrates, living in a place they are calling “a lost world”.
The trio – found in the mountains of Cape Melville, in far north-eastern Australia – include the leaf-tailed gecko, a relic from the Gondwanan era, when Australia was part of a “supercontinent” covered in rainforest.
Also identified by Dr Conrad Hoskin, from James Cook University, were a golden-coloured skink and a boulder-dwelling frog. All three are found only in that area, where black granite boulders are piled hundreds of metres high.
“These species are restricted to the upland rainforest and boulder fields of Cape Melville,” Dr Hoskin said. “They’ve been isolated for millennia, evolving into distinct species in their unique rocky environment.”
The leaf-tailed gecko The golden-coloured skink
As Iraq runs dry, a plague of snakes is unleashed
Neil Young signs on to save the rainforest - using solar powered mobile phones
The top 10 weirdest animal mating rituals
Cornwall hotter than California? British sea temperatures hit all-time high
The ugliest animals on earth: Blobfish, axolotl and proboscis monkey battle it out to be named least attractive beast
- 1 Disney heiress Abigail disowns her share of family profits in West Bank company
- 2 The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
- 3 'Women should not laugh in public,' says Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister in morality speech
- 4 Israel's propaganda machine is finally starting to misfire
- 5 HSBC closes bank accounts belonging to Muslim clients in the UK
The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
A day in the life of Vladimir Putin: The dictator in his labyrinth
Putin is 'thuggish, dishonest and reckless', says British ambassador to US
Richard Dawkins tweets: 'Date rape is bad, stranger rape is worse'
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – Britain as others see us
- < Previous
- Next >
£40000 - £45000 per annum + competitive: Progressive Recruitment: This is an e...
£35000 - £50000 per annum + competitive: Progressive Recruitment: ENGINEERING ...
competitive: Progressive Recruitment: A world leading media organisation is cu...
competitive: Progressive Recruitment: A data analytics are currently looking t...