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In pictures: Papua's 'lost world'

An apparently new species of smoky honey-eater, found in Indonesia's Papua province

An international team of scientists say they have found dozens of new species of plants and animals in a remote Indonesian jungle.

A new frog discovered on the expedition to Indonesia's Papua province

Among the discoveries they claim are 20 frog species, four butterfly species and at least five new types of palms.

Berlepsch's Six-Wired Bird of Paradise, found in Indonesia's Papua province

The team also took the first known photographs of the Berlepsch's Six-Wired Bird of Paradise, described by hunters more than a century ago.

A new frog discovered on the expedition to Indonesia's Papua province

Bruce Beehler, joint leader of the expedition to the Foja Mountains in Papua province, said the jungle was a "lost world" like the biblical Garden of Eden.

A Long-Beaked Echidna, found in Indonesia's Papua province

There were no traces of human activity and many of the creatures appeared unafraid of people, Mr Beehler said.

Joint expedition leader Bruce Beehler with a female Berlepsch's Six-Wired Bird of Paradise

He hopes to return later this year to continue his study of the area, admitting the international team only "scratched the surface" in a month-long trip.




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