Land of Lost: Scientists Discovers Life in a Extinct Volcano in Paupa New Guinea

Scientists have a brave new world in a volcano in Paupa New Guinea recently to their surprise and delight. Giant rats, Fanged Frogs and other creatures were found  in an extinct volcano by a team of scientists from The United States and Great Britain made the discovery.  Mt. Bosvai a remote extinct volcano in Papua New Guinea that has not erupted in 200,000 years; Discovered new 40 species  of wildlife.

The scientist that climb down a one kilometer crater to find 16 new species of frog, 3 new type of fish,a new kind of rat and a new specie of rat the largest in the world.

The discovery has scientist excited but caution for the need to protect the rain forest.

Bosavi Woolly RatThe Bosavi woolly rat had no fear of humans when it was discovered. Photograph: Jonny Keeling/BBC

A lost world populated by fanged frogs, grunting fish and tiny bear-like creatures has been discovered in a remote volcanic crater on the Pacific island of Papua New Guinea.

‘A giant woolly rat never before seen by science’ Link to this audio

A team of scientists from Britain, the United States and Papua New Guinea found more than 40 previously unidentified species when they climbed into the kilometre-deep crater of Mount Bosavi and explored a pristine jungle habitat teeming with life that has evolved in isolation since the volcano last erupted 200,000 years ago. In a remarkably rich haul from just five weeks of exploration, the biologists discovered 16 frogs which have never before been recorded by science, at least three new fish, a new bat and a giant rat, which may turn out to be the biggest in the world.

The discoveries are being seen as fresh evidence of the richness of the world’s rainforests and the explorers hope their finds will add weight to calls for international action to prevent the demise of similar ecosystems. They said Papua New Guinea’s rainforest is currently being destroyed at the rate of 3.5% a year.

“It was mind-blowing to be there and it is clearly time we pulled our finger out and decided these habitats are worth us saving,” said Dr George McGavin who headed the expedition.

“These discoveries are really significant,” said Steve Backshall, a climber and naturalist who became so friendly with the never-before seen Bosavi silky cuscus, a marsupial that lives up trees and feeds on fruits and leaves, that it sat on his shoulder.

“The world is getting an awful lot smaller and it is getting very hard to find places that are so far off the beaten track.”

The Guardian

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