OVER 1,000 NEW SPECIES FOUND

11 years 1 month ago #15372 by dgarnier
AFP = associated free press

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11 years 1 month ago #15370 by rm-slover
yeah the afp is a world wide news organization, like the associated press or rueters.

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11 years 1 month ago #15362 by dgarnier

BANGKOK (AFP)


should cover him



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11 years 1 month ago #15358 by rm-slover
I snagged it from yahoo. Thanks kegger

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11 years 1 month ago #15357 by Kegger22
this seems to be the link to the original press release by the WWF
http://www.worldwildlife.org/who/media/press/2008/WWFPresitem11027.html

which was then picked up by Yahoo and other news media outlets and eventually printed here

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11 years 1 month ago #15353 by dragonkeeper
Ray,

Where did you obtain this info? I am asking because if this was written by someone and you didn't give the proper credit (which it doesn't appear that you did) and claimed the article as yours (which you did by cutting and pasting under your name with no credits) then that is plagiarism! You and the club can get into a lot of hot water for that. I would appreciate it if you modified your post to show the author. If you are having trouble editing give me the info and I will do it.

In the future it is best if you supply a link to the article instead of cutting an pasting it.

Keeper

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~Retired President~

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11 years 1 month ago #15348 by rm-slover
BANGKOK (AFP) – Scientists have discovered more than 1,000 species in Southeast Asia's Greater Mekong region in the past decade, including a spider as big as a dinner plate, the World Wildlife Fund said Monday.

A rat thought to have become extinct 11 million years ago and a cyanide-laced, shocking pink millipede were among creatures found in what the group called a "biological treasure trove".

The species were all found in the rainforests and wetlands along the Mekong River, which flows through Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and the southern Chinese province of Yunnan.

"It doesn't get any better than this," Stuart Chapman, director of WWF's Greater Mekong Programme, was quoted as saying in a statement by the group.

"We thought discoveries of this scale were confined to the history books."

The WWF report, "First Contact in the Greater Mekong", said that "between 1997 and 2007, at least 1,068 have been officially described by science as being newly discovered species."

These included the world's largest huntsman spider, with a leg span of 30 centimetres (11.8 inches), and the "startlingly" coloured "dragon millipede", which produces the deadly compound cyanide.

Not all species were found hiding in remote jungles -- the Laotian rock rat, which the study said was thought to be extinct about 11 million years ago, was first encountered by scientists in a local food market in 2005, it said.

One species of pitviper was first noted by scientists after it was found in the rafters of a restaurant at the headquarters of Thailand's Khao Yai national park in 2001.

"This region is like what I read about as a child in the stories of Charles Darwin," said Dr Thomas Ziegler, curator at the Cologne Zoo, who was involved in the research.

"It is a great feeling being in an unexplored area and to document its biodiversity for the first time both enigmatic and beautiful," he said.

The new species highlighted in the report include 519 plants, 279 fish, 88 frogs, 88 spiders, 46 lizards, 22 snakes, 15 mammals, four birds, four turtles, two salamanders and a toad -- an average of two previously undiscovered species a week for the past 10 years.

The report warned, however, that many of the species could be at risk from development, and called for a cross-border agreement between the countries in the Greater Mekong area to protect it.

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