Scientists in Sulawesi Discover New Species Hidden in Mountains

Scientists in Sulawesi Discover New Species Hidden in Mountains

Since 2009, scientists from the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), the Ministry of Forestry and the Bandung Institute of Technology have collaborated with American scientists from the University of California’s Davis, Berkeley and San Francisco campuses to survey one of the world’s most biodiverse areas. Their destination, however, is not an easy one to reach. “We have to cross a river six times and then it’s a very steep climb to the remnants of an old logging road,” said Trochet, who has broken a finger and hurt his ankles on past treks. “We follow the logging road, and in many places it’s a wall on one side and a vertical drop on the other,” he said. “In many, many places the logging road has washed away over the years. It’s just very difficult.” Sometimes more than 80 porters must assist the scientists with their equipment and all of the samples they collect as t...

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