"Lost World" Pictures: New Leaf-Tailed Gecko and More

by Christine Dell’Amore

Tropical biologist Conrad Hoskin scrambles over massive boulders looking for reptiles and amphibians on the Melville Range, a small mountain range on Cape Melville, part of northeastern Australia’s Cape York Peninsula.

In March, a team of scientists and filmmakers joined the ranks of the few human visitors who have explored Cape Melville’s misty rain forest, a “lost world” that has been cut off for millennia and that’s home to at least three new species that live nowhere else, including a leaf-tailed gecko with spindly legs and unusually big eyes. (Read the full story here.)

The team set out to study the rain forest and its inhabitants, which have been largely overlooked by science: The roughly 9-mi-long (15-km-long) range is almost impassable, surrounded by a fortress of car—and house—size chunks of granite that have eroded in place after being thrust up through the earth millions of years ago…

(read more: National Geo)

photographs by Tim Laman, National Geo

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