The island continent of Australia has been isolated from the world’s major land masses long enough to harbor some peculiar species, but now it has yielded some new surprises. In the Telegraph, published in London, we read Scientists discover new species in ‘Lost World’ in Australia. They say:
On 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.
Millions of years? How blasphemous! Ol’ Hambo is going to have a fit over this. The tale continues:
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 whole mountain range is around nine miles long and three wide.
Having known of the range for more than a decade, Dr Hoskin’s interest was reignited when the advent of Google Earth allowed him to view it from above. But nothing could prepare him for finally setting foot there and seeing an “incredible rainforest” with “good earth” and “clear, flowing streams”.
This place has been sitting there in the middle of Australia all this time, unexplored? Amazing! Let’s leave the Telegraph and go to this article at PhysOrg: ‘Lost world’ discovered in remote Australia. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
An expedition to a remote part of northern Australia has uncovered three new vertebrate species isolated for millions of years, with scientists Monday calling the area a “lost world”.
Conrad Hoskin from James Cook University and a National Geographic film crew were dropped by helicopter onto the rugged Cape Melville mountain range on Cape York Peninsula earlier this year and were amazed at what they found. It included a bizarre looking leaf-tail gecko, a gold-coloured skink — a type of lizard — and a brown-spotted, yellow boulder-dwelling frog, none of them ever seen before.
That’s gotta be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, rather like the first Europeans who visited the Galapagos Islands — except this is in the middle of a long-settled nation. We’ll let you click over there to read the descriptions of the new species they found. Here’s a bit more:
Tim Laman, a National Geographic photographer and Harvard University researcher who joined Hoskin on the expedition, said he was stunned to know such undiscovered places remained. “What’s really exciting about this expedition is that in a place like Australia, which people think is fairly well explored, there are still places like Cape Melville where there are all these species to discover,” he said. “There’s still a big world out there to explore.”
So there you are. We can’t imagine what the creationists will say about this — if anything. All they ever seem to say is that “Darwinists” are stupid and they (the creation scientists of various flavors) already know everything worth knowing. They won’t disappoint us.
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