Scientists have just discovered the closest thing to Jurassic Park that we’ll ever find. No they didn’t find any preserved dinosaur DNA nor did we find any dinosaurs still living, we found something much cooler. In an extremely remote part of Northern Australia scientists discovered what they’re calling an undiscovered “Lost World” that they only found thanks to Google Earth. On this isolated plateau they found a rainforest that has been preserved since before the dinosaurs even existed. Many of the animals that they found there were completely undiscovered species that have been isolated from their closest cousins for hundreds of millions of years. It is thought that this plateau hasn’t changed too much since the end of the Permian Extinction about 250 million years ago.
The scientists have discovered and documented three species so far in their initial exploration, the Cape Melville leaf-tailed gecko, the Cape Melville shade skin, and the Blotched boulder frog. I find it absolutely incredible that there are parts of the Earth that we still haven’t fully explored yet and species of plants and animals that we haven’t yet discovered. It took Google Earth and a helicopter to find one of these last unknown frontiers and seeing this story makes me wonder just how many more unexplored places there are.
No one in human history had ever laid eyes on that frog before this week.
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