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Lost Forest in Africa Yields (6) New Species (a bat, a rodent, two shrews and two frogs)
LiveScience.com on yahoo ^ | 8/8/07 | Charles Q. Choi

Posted on 08/08/2007 7:20:52 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

In a once-lost forest in Africa, six animal species new to science have been discovered, members of a two-month expedition now reveal, including a bat, a rodent, two shrews and two frogs.

"If we can find six new species in such a short period, it makes you wonder what else is out there," said Wildlife Conservation Society researcher Andrew Plumptre.

The bat appears to be a kind of horseshoe bat (genus Rhinolophus), known for the large horseshoe-shaped "nose leaves" used for directing their ultrasound.

These new species were discovered in an expedition from January and March 2007 into woods just west of Lake Tanganyika, which have been off limits to scientists for more than 50 years. The area is a remote corner of the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, which has been gripped by unrest and war for decades.

Spirits linked with this area include Kabogo, said to occasionally manifest itself as a ghostly boat on Lake Tanganyika at night said to guarantee good fishing if seen, as well as Misotshi, who has taboos against the killing of chimpanzees and the destruction of the forest. For this reason, local chiefs suggested naming the area the Misotshi-Kabogo Forest, the researchers said.

The scientists found that nearly 386 square miles (1,000 square kilometers) of forest, almost the size of all of Hong Kong, remained intact. The woods stretched from the shores of Lake Tanganyika up to elevations of 8,940 feet (2,725 meters) above sea level, or roughly seven times the height of the Empire State Building.

These woods have been isolated from much of the Congo rainforest, the second largest rainforest in the world, for at least 10,000 years, which explains why they held new species, said Wildlife Conservation Society researcher Deo Kujirakwinja. They proved extraordinarily rich, providing a home to chimpanzees, elephants, leopards, monkeys, birds, reptiles, frogs and other amphibians, hogs, jackals, mongooses, porcupines, and antelopes known as bongos.

The expedition collected additional material that may also yield a number of new plant species. Local botanists were unable to identify some 10 percent of the collected plants. Plumptre, Kujirakwinja and their colleagues will send these samples to specialists in the near future to assess their novelty.

The Wildlife Conservation Society notes that chiefs and elders at local villages are supportive of transforming the region into a protected park. Currently, human impacts on these forests are relatively low, with gold mining on a minor level being the most substantial threat.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: africa; forest; species; yields
The bat appears to be a kind of horseshoe bat (genus Rhinolophus),
known for the large horseshoe-shaped "nose leaves" used for directing their ultrasound.

A new species of bat discovered in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is pictured in this undated handout photo. The new species was discovered in an area off limits to scientists for decades because of violence, according to the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society on August 7, 2007. REUTERS/Wildlife Conservation Society


1 posted on 08/08/2007 7:20:55 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

There you have it, the beginnings of the democrat party.


2 posted on 08/08/2007 7:25:05 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Victory will never be achieved while defining Conservatism downward, and forsaking it's heritage.)
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To: DoughtyOne

I’m trying to figure out who the bat’s face looks like, Henry Waxman is my first pick. ;-)


3 posted on 08/08/2007 7:26:14 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Welcome to FR. The Virtual Boot Camp for 'infidels' in waiting)
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To: NormsRevenge

Compared to Henry Waxman, that bat looks like Clark Gable. :-)


4 posted on 08/08/2007 7:28:48 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (When Romney got done in MA, there were more Green Party candidates than Republican candidates...)
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To: NormsRevenge
You nailed it. In truth I've looked at him a number of times and thought just that. LOL Hillary Rhodam Rodant sounds about right too. Doesn't she remind you of a ginea pig.
5 posted on 08/08/2007 7:31:21 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Victory will never be achieved while defining Conservatism downward, and forsaking it's heritage.)
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To: EternalVigilance

LOL


6 posted on 08/08/2007 7:33:08 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Victory will never be achieved while defining Conservatism downward, and forsaking it's heritage.)
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To: EternalVigilance

lolol ..

the 2 shrews ,, Pelosi and Reid

the 2 frogs,, Kerry and Murtha


7 posted on 08/08/2007 7:34:17 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Welcome to FR. The Virtual Boot Camp for 'infidels' in waiting)
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To: NormsRevenge

Sounds like Yearly Kos rather than Lost Forest.


8 posted on 08/08/2007 7:38:38 PM PDT by rogue yam
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To: NormsRevenge

9 posted on 08/08/2007 7:40:43 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (When Romney got done in MA, there were more Green Party candidates than Republican candidates...)
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To: NormsRevenge

hey hey hey let’s not go maligning frogs now


10 posted on 08/08/2007 7:41:11 PM PDT by visualops (artlife.us)
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To: DoughtyOne
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11 posted on 08/08/2007 7:44:01 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (THE SECOND AMENDMENT, A MATTER OF FACT, NOT A MATTER OF OPINION)
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Looks like an omeaba face on a bat to me. LOL Leave it to Freepers to find photographic evidence of the missing links.


12 posted on 08/08/2007 7:48:28 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Victory will never be achieved while defining Conservatism downward, and forsaking it's heritage.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Follow the line that runs inside the ‘ear’ - looks like a lantern jawed Bill Clinton to me.


13 posted on 08/08/2007 7:49:09 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: NormsRevenge
and a partridge in a pear tree?
14 posted on 08/08/2007 8:01:40 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: DoughtyOne

Moon Bat Alert!

15 posted on 08/08/2007 8:07:30 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 (Sic Semper Tyrannis * U.Va. Engineering '09 * Friends Don't Let Friends Vote Democrat * Fred in 2008)
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To: NormsRevenge

a bat, a rodent, two shrews and two frogs.


Sounds like a Cajun recipe.


16 posted on 08/08/2007 8:26:10 PM PDT by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: NormsRevenge

Eww. That bat face is disgusting. Would hate to see that flying by.


17 posted on 08/08/2007 8:54:27 PM PDT by Lijahsbubbe
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To: Lijahsbubbe
The first pic doesn't really show the Horseshoe effect well, the 2 below are Philippines Horseshoe bats.

http://www.fieldmuseum.org/

18 posted on 08/08/2007 9:00:21 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Welcome to FR. The Virtual Boot Camp for 'infidels' in waiting)
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To: NormsRevenge

They don’t look as bad close up. But I’d still freak out if I saw one!


19 posted on 08/08/2007 9:14:48 PM PDT by Lijahsbubbe
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To: NormsRevenge

So we are up five in the score, seeing as the yangze dolphin is now extinct. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1878154/posts


20 posted on 08/08/2007 9:16:34 PM PDT by Clam Digger (NO REAL THAN YOU ARE!)
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To: rabscuttle385

LOL


21 posted on 08/09/2007 12:07:58 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Victory will never be achieved while defining Conservatism downward, and forsaking it's heritage.)
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To: NormsRevenge
Big deal. We have new species of those too.

Bat: Helen Thomas

Rodent: Harry Reid

Shrews: Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi

Frogs: John Kerry and John Murtha

22 posted on 08/09/2007 12:08:17 AM PDT by 60Gunner (ER Nursing: You watch it... We live it!)
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