Mini Eden discovered in Papua

Scientists in Indonesia have discovered hundreds of animal species new to science in the Jungles of Western New Guinea:

During a 15-day expedition in December, the researchers found hundreds of rare birds, more than 20 new species of frogs, five kinds of previously unknown palms, four new breeds of butterflies, and giant rhododendrons with white blossoms the size of bread plates — believed to be the largest on record.

“It is as close to the Garden of Eden as you’re going to find on Earth,” expedition chief scientist Bruce Beehler said.

The BBC has pictures.