Lost world tales seem a bit silly in these days of Google Earth. Don’t we know every last corner of this little planet of ours? Apparently not. A team of scientists working in the rain forests of Papua New Guinea have discovered a whole new ecosystem with at least 40 new species of animals, including a fanged frog and a giant rat. They have a BBC film crew with them and a documentary series will be aired starting tomorrow. In the meantime you can get a brief look at one of the stars of the show, a rat the size of most cats, on the BBC web site.
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Cheryl Morgan is the former non-fiction editor for Clarkesworld Magazine. The magazine won two Hugo Awards while she was on the staff.
Cheryl Morgan is the editor of Salon Futura
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