Aug 31, 2017

Amazon study discovers 381 new species in two-year period

Researchers have discovered 381 new species during a two-year study in the Amazon region. More than 2,000 new species were found between 1999 and 2015. The Amazon rainforest, the largest in the world, is famous for its diversity of species and habitats. Ricardo Mello, co-ordinator of the WWF Brazil Amazon programme, said the fact that researchers were still finding hundreds of species was proof that there was much more work to be done in the region. "All the species that were discovered, all 381, are in areas where humankind is destroying the Amazon. This is very important to us, because it links the fact that our economic activities are causing species to go extinct before we even know about them," he said.

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