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The Garden of Eden

08 Feb 2006 | mloskot

Yesterday, I read on the CNN.com about revelation from Foja mountains in Indonesia:

Scientists said on Tuesday that they had found a “Lost World” in an Indonesian mountain jungle, home to dozens of exotic new species of birds, butterflies, frogs and plants.

It seems to be really the Lost World. Scientists found there dozens of previously unknown species of plants and animals:

  • new bird species - honeyeater bird with a bright orange patch on its face

  • 20 new species of frog - including a very small one less than 14 mm long

  • 4 new species of butterfly

  • 5 new species of palms

  • Rhododendrom flower which seems to be the largest ever found - 15 cm across

And they took the first photographs of “Berlepsch’s six-wired bird of paradise”, which appears in 19th century collections but whose home had previously been unknown.

That’s really amazing and the best news I could get before my breakfast today! In the days you hear about extinction of species of animals and plants, clear-cutting of rainforests or polluted air and see such news about Lost World is really a bracing news, isn’t it?

Here you can download Foja mountains placemark for Google Earth.

Here are images I saved from GE so you can look where is The Garden of Eden:

Foja mountains map

Foja mountains map

Read more about the Lost World from: Reuters, CNN, BBC, The Sygney Morning Herald

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