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Over 1,000 new species revealed from Vietnam
« on: December 16, 2008, 09:14:42 PM »
http://www.cnn.com/2008/TECH/science/12/16/rat.mekong/index.html

(CNN) -- A rat believed to be extinct for 11 million years, a spider with a foot-long legspan, and a hot pink cyanide-producing "dragon millipede" are among the thousand newly discovered species in the largely unexplored Mekong Delta region.

The "dragon millipede" is among the 1,068 new species discovered in the Mekong Delta region.

The region, including parts of Vietnam and five other countries, is home to 1,068 species found between 1997 and 2007, according to a World Wildlife Fund report released this week.

Some of the creatures were not lurking in fertile floodplains or tropical foliage.

A scientist visiting an outdoor restaurant was startled to see a Laotian rock rat among the nearby wildlife. The hairy, nocturnal, thick-tailed rat, which resembles a squirrel, had been thought for centuries to be extinct.


A hot pink cyanide producing millipede!?  Isn't biology cool!
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Re: Over 1,000 new species revealed from Vietnam
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2008, 09:20:09 PM »
I saw that.  It was cool.

Now, 1,000 more species to squeeze on the Ark.
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Re: Over 1,000 new species revealed from Vietnam
« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2008, 09:22:43 PM »
That is awesome.  I figured that once Vietnam opened up we'd hear stuff like this.

Of course, I wonder how many of these newly discovered organisms have always been there, and how many are a result of chemical manipulation from the various junk used during the non-stop war there from 1940 to 1975 (ish).  Has Agent Orange brought about some interesting biological changes?  Hopefully future studies will determine that.
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Re: Over 1,000 new species revealed from Vietnam
« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2008, 09:51:04 PM »
I saw that.  It was cool.

Now, 1,000 more species to squeeze on the Ark.

exactly what i was thinking.