NEW SPECIES PICTURES: Flying Frog, Amber Gecko, More

NEW SPECIES PICTURES: Flying Frog, Amber Gecko, More
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Encased in amber for a hundred million years, the feet, toes, and part of a tail of an ancient gecko species were discovered in the forests of Myanmar (Burma) in 2008.

The gecko is one of 16 new species of reptile found in the mountains of the Eastern Himalaya over the past ten years, according to a WWF report released in August 2009.

The fossil tree resin preserved the gecko's sticky toe hairs, called lamellae, which are also found on modern-day geckos. Such hairs enable the small reptiles to hang on to vertical surfaces or walk upside down--and have even inspired an artificial "gecko tape" that could someday give its users Spider Man-like clinging powers.
—Photograph courtesy George Poinar/WWF Nepal
 
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