this story from the BBC makes me so happy this morning. all the bad news about the way we are destroying God's creation and then this wonderful discovery.
New species found in Papua 'Eden'
The first photo of Berlepsch's six-wired bird of paradise An international team of scientists says it has found a "lost world" in the Indonesian jungle that is home to dozens of new animal and plant species.
"It's as close to the Garden of Eden as you're going to find on Earth," said Bruce Beehler, co-leader of the group.
The team recorded new butterflies, frogs, and a series of remarkable plants that included five new palms and a giant rhododendron flower. The survey also found a honeyeater bird that was previously unknown to science. It's beautiful, untouched, unpopulated forest; there's no evidence of human impact or presence Bruce Beehler, Conservation InternationalThe research group - from the US, Indonesia and Australia -trekked through an area in the mist-shrouded Foja Mountains, located just north of the vast Mamberamo Basin of north-western (Indonesian) New Guinea.
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