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Sat Jun 22, 2019, 11:48 PM

Explorers find species thought to be extinct amid ancient ruins of 'Lost City of the Monkey God' dee

Explorers find species thought to be extinct amid ancient ruins of 'Lost City of the Monkey God' deep in the rainforests of Honduras

  • Expedition to ancient ruins at a site deep within the Mosquitia rainforest discovers ecological wonders
  • At least three species believed to be extinct were discovered during the three-week mission
  • The Pale-faced Bat, False Tree Coral Snake and tiger beetle were all discovered thriving at the site
  • Researchers also discovered 22 species that have never before been recorded in Honduras
  • In total, the team documented 246 species of butterflies and moths, 30 bats, 57 amphibians and reptiles

    By KEITH GRIFFITH FOR DAILYMAIL.COM

    PUBLISHED: 17:30 EDT, 22 June 2019 | UPDATED: 17:30 EDT, 22 June 2019

    Explorers penetrating deep into the Mosquitia rainforest of Honduras have rediscovered species thought to be extinct at ancient ruins known as the 'Lost City of the Monkey God'.

    The three-week mission, carried out by a team of scientists led by Conservation International's Rapid Assessment Program, discovered a veritable ecological treasure trove at the hidden ruins, scientists announced on Thursday.

    The three rediscovered species which were believed extinct are:

  • The Pale-faced Bat, which had not been reported in Honduras for more than 75 years
  • The False Tree Coral Snake, which had not been reported in Honduras since 1965
  • A tiger beetle, which had only ever been recorded in Nicaragua and was thought to be extinct

    'Our team of scientists were shocked at the discovery of tremendously rich biodiversity, including many rare and threatened species,' said Trond Larsen, Director of Conservation International's Rapid Assessment Program, in a statement.

    Photos below.

    More:
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7170761/Explorers-species-thought-extinct-amid-ancient-ruins-Honduras.html

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    https://www.democraticunderground.com/122864668
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    Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

    Sun Jun 23, 2019, 12:49 AM

    1. What I recall from reading the book by Douglas Preston was that that place is a good spot to

    get permanently infected with leishmaniasis... (oops, spoilers, sorry)

    The Pale-faced Bat, False Tree Coral Snake, and Tiger Beetle can have the f--k out of that place all to themselves, in my opinion, and humans need not spend too much time there unless they've got a leishmaniasis fetish... in which case, salud! Go for it!

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    Response to RockRaven (Reply #1)

    Sun Jun 23, 2019, 02:19 AM

    2. Went to google to see what "leishmaniasis" IS, and saw the entry:

    Leishmaniasis Treatment, Symptoms & Diagnosis - MedicineNet
    https://www.medicinenet.com/leishmaniasis/article.htm
    Oct 25, 2018 - Leishmaniasis is a disease transmitted by the bite of an infected sand fly. See pictures and learn about treatment, symptoms, diagnosis, types

    Yikes! Seeing it's something people take pictures of sent me running for the exit! Check, please!

    Don't think I want to know more.

    Thanks!

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