A new monitor lizard, scientifically known as Varanus semotus, was recently found isolated on Mussau Island. Boasting a long turquoise-spotted tail, this lizard is considered the island's top predator.
Australian researchers recently found two new, remarkably large bent-toed geckos in New Guinea. Among the individuals is the largest species known to date, which has a name that translates to "king."
After taking a closer look at fossils kept in London's Natural History Museum, researchers have identified them as belonging to the largest known giraffe – which may also be the largest ruminant-class animal in history.
The extinction of large fruit-eating animals from tropical rainforests could make climate change worse. Researchers suggest refocusing conservation efforts to ensure these animals are around to disperse trees’ seeds and promote growth in these essential carbon sinks.
When tracing evolutionary history of gourd seeds, researchers found that the disappearance of large animals directly correlated to changes in distribution of the wild plants.