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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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by on Oct. 14, 2012 at 9:19 AM
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by Bella on Oct. 14, 2012 at 12:45 PM


by Kellie on Oct. 14, 2012 at 1:52 PM
Awesome! I agree with 3V! I think there are probably new things here in the ice fields in Alaska, but the conditions to get to them are not survivable for humans!
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by on Oct. 14, 2012 at 1:56 PM
I wonder how their discovery will impact their survival and how we treat their habitat.
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by Gold Member on Oct. 14, 2012 at 3:42 PM
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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.

LOL.  Maybe you should contact NSF and see about getting some grant money to classify and study them.

I love reading about new discoveries, especially in biology.  The truth is there are a lot of species all over the globe still to be discovered.  There was recently a new species of frog discovered in Staten Island, NY of all places. 

by Gina on Oct. 14, 2012 at 4:03 PM
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 I think that its very exciting to know that there is still so much we don't know about our home, and discovering new species is proof of that.

by on Oct. 15, 2012 at 12:13 AM

 Woohoo---more evolution. Living things are still evolving ....millions of years of evolution and its still happening! This is fascinating!

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