10/29/2013

Three new species -- the leaf-tail gecko, the golden skink and the blotched boulder frog -- have been found in a remote, largely unexplored rainforest on the northern tip of the Australian state of Queensland. "Finding three new, obviously distinct vertebrates would be surprising enough in somewhere poorly explored like New Guinea, let alone in Australia, a country we think we've explored pretty well," said Conrad Hoskin of James Cook University, which embarked on the expedition along with National Geographic. The researchers said the rainforest may be home to a host of other new species.

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