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The Discovery of (Another) New Species

Farah Fitriani Faruq
Farah Fitriani Faruq
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The Discovery of (Another) New Species
New species of fish has recently been discovered in Papua. Indonesia is surely an archipelago full of surprises. Check this out: The researchers from the Institute of Research and Development (IRD) in Montpellier, southern France, studied caves, underground rivers and jungles in the remote Lengguru area of New Guinea island. "In terms of discoveries almost everything remains to be done in this area, which is very difficult to access but which has exceptionally rich biodiversity," Laurent Pouyaud, an IRD said. For seven weeks, the team including biologists, paleontologists and archaeologists explored the vast limestone "labyrinth" where species have evolved in isolation for millions of years. In one previously undocumented cave they found a new species of fish which had developed without eyes or pigmentation. "This is, to our knowledge, the first cave fish that has been discovered in Papua," Mr Pouyaud said. The team's archaeologists were "overwhelmed" by cave paintings and tools made of shell which provided further evidence of the ancient migration of people from Asia to the Australian continent some 40,000 years ago, he said. News Source: Telegraph Photo Source: Straits Times Thanks to Mr. Ahmad Saiful Muhajir for the news tips!
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