Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Monstrous Giant Rats, Fanged Frogs and More Found in Dormant Volcano

It sounds like the plot of an awesome b-movie, but it's true. Apparently, a filmmaking team of BBC journalists has discovered over 40 new species of creatures in a long-dormant volcano in Papua New Guinea. They documented fanged frogs, this cat-sized, vegetarian rodent named the Wolly Rat (seen in the pic above) and many other new critters. Because the area is extremely difficult to reach, it has remained isolated since the volcano's last eruption, which is estimated to have occurred approximately 200,000 years ago. I can't wait to see the documentary that comes from this excursion. Read more about this amazing discovery here.

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