Scientists Discover New Forest with Undiscovered Species on Google Earth

Conservationists have found a host of new species after discovering uncharted new territory on the internet map Google Earth.
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Excerpt from original article by Louise Gray,
Environment Correspondent

“The mountainous area of northern Mozambique in southern Africa had been overlooked by science due to inhospitable terrain and decades of civil war in the country.

However, while scrolling around on Google Earth, an internet map that allows the viewer to look at satellite images of anywhere on the globe, scientists discovered an unexpected patch of green.

A British-led expedition was sent to see what was on the ground and found 7,000 hectares of forest, rich in biodiversity, known as Mount Mabu.

In just three weeks, scientists led by a team from the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew found hundreds of different plant species, birds, butterflies, monkeys and a new species of giant snake.

The samples which the team took are now back in Britain for analysis.

So far three new butterflies and one new species of snake have been discovered but it is believed there are at least two more new species of plants and perhaps more new insects to discover. …”

Read the entire article  (and find more pics!) at the Telegraph.co.uk.

View many many more shots of the forest and animals at the Telegraph’s slideshow.

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7 Responses to Scientists Discover New Forest with Undiscovered Species on Google Earth

  1. Carita says:

    How exciting this must be for the scientists working in this area. I know it is some of the best news I have read in a little while.

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  4. Amrit says:

    They found one alive and what did they do?…they ****** killed it.

    • zaxy says:

      Amrit,
      I understand your feelings here. I will take this opportunity to mention that more often than not these days, biologists do not take entire creatures from the wild for study. As lab techniques improve, fur, feather, saliva, nail and skin samples accompanied with multiple photographs are being considered more than adequate for study and analysis.

      Many times when one sees what appears to be a dead animal, it is simply unconscious (stress, exhaustion, fear, sedation, you name it).

      Also, it’s not uncommon that when locals find out there are foreigners in the neighborhood looking for animals, they will bring animals to the survey teams. These presentations may come in any form, frequently dead. It is important to bear in mind that in many places, much of what we consider an ‘undiscovered species’, the local population may simply think of as ‘dinner.’

      Biologists- possibly more than anyone- realize the need for viable wild breeding populations and genetic diversity, and do not go about killing new species simply in order to ‘discover’ them.

      To anyone interested in the process of species discovery and collecting, there are many excellent books on the topic- my personal favorites being those written by the scientists and naturalists themselves. Top on the pile (at least in my library) are those written by the most excellent Gerald Durrell.
      Please keep the comments coming! :)

  5. Delores says:

    I find this amazing I always said there must be some other life forms out there some where can you send me some sites to visit to read about this. Love this and am proud of the ones who fount this . Delores

  6. Tearsza says:

    …found a “patch of green” — life is still evolving on planet Earth. That wisp of oxygen breathes hope into my spirit.

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