This morning I was flipping through the paper and this article caught my attention. Here’s the gyst:

“JAKARTA, Indonesia — Scientists exploring an isolated jungle in one of Indonesia’s most remote provinces discovered dozens of new species of frogs, butterflies and plants _ as well as mammals hunted to near extinction elsewhere, members of the expedition said Tuesday.”

“One of the most remarkable discoveries was the Golden-mantled Tree Kangaroo, an arboreal jungle-dweller new for Indonesia and previously thought to have been hunted to near extinction, and a new honeyeater bird, which has a bright orange face-patch with a pendant wattle under each eye, Beehler said.”

As children we read in history books of all of the great explorers and adventurers as though those jobs no longer exist in our society, but if there are still species and places out there to be discovered then those jobs are still in demand. Although I’m sure being a scientist/explorer is much easier today than in the time of Lewis and Clark, I think it would be a rewarding and interesting career.

What interested me most about this article though was what this says about our world, and it is two-fold. First, it could mean that evolution does exist and is continuing to work today. If new species are being discovered in existing parts of the world then to me that means that these are quite possible new species, not just newly discovered species. If new species of frogs, butterflies and plants are forming, then I wonder how many other species and sub-species of other animals are forming on the daily.

Second, if there are still enough undiscovered/undeveloped species out there that 12 new species were discovered in one day, then I wonder how many are destroyed each day by human interaction. There are probably hundreds of species that never were, and never will be discovered before becoming extinct.

Regardless, I’m amazed at Mother Nature’s ability to persist in and transform life to anything we humans can throw at her.