Sunday, April 27, 2008

New species discovered in Brazil

They're probably better off not being discovered!

New species discovered in Brazil

Arlington, Virginia (April 29, 2008) — Researchers discovered a legless lizard and a tiny woodpecker along with 12 other suspected new species in Brazil’s Cerrado, one of the world’s 34 biodiversity conservation hotspots.

The Cerrado’s wooded grassland once covered an area half the size of Europe, but is now being converted to cropland and ranchland at twice the rate of the neighboring Amazon rainforest, resulting in the loss of native vegetation and unique species.

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