"Lost World" Expedition explores Australian rain forest for first time

Spectacular New Species Found in “Lost World”

Expedition explores Australian rain forest for first time.

By Christine Dell’Amore, National Geographic

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Tropical biologist Conrad Hoskin scrambles over massive boulders looking for reptiles and amphibians on the Melville Range.

Photograph by Tim Laman, National Geographic

Exploration of a “lost world” on a remote Australian peninsula has yielded the discovery of three new species, including a leaf-tailed gecko with spindly legs and unusually big eyes.

In March, a team of scientists and filmmakers joined the ranks of the few human visitors to the misty rain forest atop the Melville Range, a small mountain range on Cape Melville, part of northeastern Australia’s Cape York Peninsula (map). Read more.