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Scientists discover new species in 'Lost World' in Australia

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A scientific expedition has uncovered an array of never-before-seen creatures in a "magical lost world" a small and untouched patch of rainforest hidden between enormous granite boulders 200 miles north of Cairns in Queensland.

On just the second day of a four-day trek to Cape Melville a team led by Dr Conrad Hoskin, from James Cook University, and Dr Tim Laman, from Harvard University, discovered a "bizarre" looking leaf-tailed gecko, a golden-coloured skink and a boulder-dwelling frog species that have been isolated from their closest cousins for millions of years.

"We're talking about animals that are ancient they would have been around in the rainforest of Gondwana... rainforest that's been there for all time," said Dr Hoskin.

Accessible only by helicopter, the upland plateau area is a 1.8 by 1.8 mile patch which sits on a "monstrous wall" of "millions of giant, piled up boulders the size of houses and cars". The range is around nine miles long and three wide.

Source: Flynn Murphy, The Telegraph


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