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2010-05-17 13:10:00

An international team of researchers reported Monday on the discovery a new frog species found while camping in the Foja mountains of Indonesia. Herpetologist Paul Oliver spotted the frog sitting on a bag of rice in the campsite. Upon further inspection, the team discovered it to be an unknown type of long-nosed frog and dubbed it "Pinocchio." When the frog is calling, its nose points upward, but it deflates when the animal is less active. "We were sitting around eating...

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2009-03-03 12:54:12

Conservationists said on Tuesday that Papua New Guinea has created its first conservation area to save an untouched rainforest larger than Singapore and to protect rare animals such as a bear-like tree kangaroo, Reuters reported. Environmentalists hope conservation of the remote eastern Huon Peninsula will also lock away 13 million tons of carbon "” possibly even tradeable carbon offsets to help fund local communities. Lisa Dabek of Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo, who runs the zoo's tree...

2008-07-12 15:00:17

By JAN UEBELHERR Did you hear about the new baby at the zoo? Sure, everyone knows about Mahal the orangutan, and he's a great reason to visit the Milwaukee County Zoo. But there are other animals -- and yes, other zoo babies -- living there. Consider the 2-month-old baby Baird's tapir named Chac. This animal looks like "a huge pig, with stripes and spots," says Bruce Beehler of the zoo. Currently, Chac the tapir looks like "a walking watermelon" with an attentive mother, he says. Before...

2008-07-12 03:00:20

By Jan Uebelherr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Jul. 12--Did you hear about the new baby at the zoo? Sure, everyone knows about Mahal the orangutan, and he's a great reason to visit the Milwaukee County Zoo. But there are other animals -- and yes, other zoo babies -- living there. Consider the 2-month-old baby Baird's tapir named Chac. This animal looks like "a huge pig, with stripes and spots," says Bruce Beehler of the zoo. Currently, Chac the tapir looks like "a walking watermelon" with...

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2007-12-17 14:05:00

JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Researchers in a remote Indonesian jungle have discovered a giant rat that is about five times the size of a typical city rat and a tiny possum, scientists said Monday. Unearthing new species of mammals in the 21st century is considered very rare. The discoveries by a team of American and Indonesian scientists are being studied further to confirm their status. The animals were found in the Foja mountains rainforest in eastern Papua province in a June expedition, said...

2006-02-07 00:14:38

By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent OSLO (Reuters) - Scientists said on Tuesday they had found a "Lost World" in an Indonesian mountain jungle, home to dozens of exotic new species of birds, butterflies, frogs and plants. "It's as close to the Garden of Eden as you're going to find on Earth," said Bruce Beehler, co-leader of the U.S., Indonesian, and Australian expedition to part of the cloud-shrouded Foja mountains in the west of New Guinea. Indigenous peoples living near...

2006-02-07 00:10:00

By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent OSLO (Reuters) - Scientists said on Tuesday they had found a "Lost World" in an Indonesian mountain jungle, home to dozens of exotic new species of birds, butterflies, frogs and plants. "It's as close to the Garden of Eden as you're going to find on Earth," said Bruce Beehler, co-leader of the U.S., Indonesian, and Australian expedition to part of the cloud-shrouded Foja mountains in the west of New Guinea. Indigenous peoples living near the Foja...

2006-02-07 00:10:00

OSLO -- Scientists exploring an isolated jungle in one of Indonesia's most remote provinces discovered dozens of new species of frogs, butterflies and plants - as well as mammals hunted to near extinction elsewhere, members of the expedition said Tuesday. The team also found wildlife that were remarkably unafraid of humans during its rapid survey of the Foja Mountains, an area in eastern Indonesia's Papua province with more than two million acres of old growth tropical forest, said Bruce...


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  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
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This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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