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160 New Species Found
October 14, 2012 at 9:19 AM
04 160 new speciesfound on Malaysian peak

Posted at 12:12 pm by: CNN's Brad Lendon Categories: Discoveries, News, On Earth ↓ Skip to comments

About 160 new species have been discovered on a mountain in Borneo, researchers reported Thursday.

Fungi and spiders dominate the new species on Mount Kinabalu, the Malaysian and Dutch researchers said, but there are also new beetles and snails on the creature list and ferns on the plant list.

A frog the researchers found may also prove to be new once DNA testing is done, they said.

“While the detailed scientific work will take years, we already know that many of these species are new to science,” researcher József Geml said in a press release.

The research was conducted by Sabah Parks, a Malaysian conservation organization, and Naturalis Biodiversity Center in the Netherlands.

They went to the mountain to collect DNA samples and try to determine whether species there evolved recently or long ago on the Malaysian peak.

At 13,435 feet, Kinabalu is the largest mountain in the Malay archipelago. It is a Malaysian national park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

All told, about 3,500 DNA samples were collected from more than 1,400 species. Researchers plan a publication on how evolution works in Borneo by the middle of next year.

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  • Paperfishies
    October 14, 2012 at 9:22 AM
    Very cool!
  • Veni.Vidi.Vici.
    October 14, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    I am excited to know that new species are being discovered. I'm thrilled that these species are difficult to get to because IMO that's probably how they continue to thrive.

  • ambertreas76
    October 14, 2012 at 9:24 AM
    AWESOME! More bugs! LOL!
  • Mipsy
    by Mipsy
    October 14, 2012 at 9:26 AM
    That's neat! I like knowing there are still things and places we haven't discovered yet. Maybe I'm weird? Lol
  • rfurlongg
    October 14, 2012 at 9:28 AM
    I think you are right.

    Quoting Veni.Vidi.Vici.:

    I am excited to know that new species are being discovered. I'm thrilled that these species are difficult to get to because IMO that's probably how they continue to thrive.

  • rfurlongg
    October 14, 2012 at 9:30 AM
    I do not think you are weird. Discovering new things means we are not stagnant and brings hope for the future. I think curiosity for the new and unknown is very common.

    Quoting Mipsy:

    That's neat! I like knowing there are still things and places we haven't discovered yet. Maybe I'm weird? Lol
  • Donna6503
    October 14, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    I don't know what my stupid cat just came from; but, I am sure there is at least that many new species that can be discovered in his fur right now.

  • rfurlongg
    October 14, 2012 at 9:34 AM
    Ewww...

    Quoting Donna6503:

    I don't know what my stupid cat just came from; but, I am sure there is at least that many new species that can be discovered in his fur right now.

  • Mipsy
    by Mipsy
    October 14, 2012 at 9:41 AM
    Lol!

    Quoting Donna6503:

    I don't know what my stupid cat just came from; but, I am sure there is at least that many new species that can be discovered in his fur right now.

  • yourspecialkid
    October 14, 2012 at 12:30 PM

     That is really cool.  I hope they make a documentary about it.

     

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