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Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP18 May 2022 6:56 p.m. PST


It's over 630 feet deep and has a forest with trees over 130 feet tall, plus several cave sections. Researchers say it may hold plant and animal species never before seen or known.

Something to whet your "Lost World" gaming appetite!

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP18 May 2022 7:09 p.m. PST

But the source is The New York Post, hardly a paper known for factual reporting.

Thresher0118 May 2022 7:29 p.m. PST

Given the photos, and knowing how things work, I'm not skeptical at all.

Seems very likely for trees, plants, and other life to survive, thrive, and evolve in this type of environment.

Far more implausible is how volcanic mounds/mountains turn into thriving tropical islands from volcanic rock in the middle of the Pacific, and becoming teeming with life, but they do as well.

emckinney18 May 2022 7:35 p.m. PST

I've seen it in other outlets. It's truly impressive.

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP18 May 2022 8:11 p.m. PST

Oh for cryin' out loud, nnascati. It's a real news story, and it's fun, and it's in no way political. Get over your bias, and enjoy the article and the great photos.

Personal logo PaulCollins Supporting Member of TMP18 May 2022 9:05 p.m. PST

I remember when something similar was reported concerning a volcano crater in Paupau New Guinea that contained new species of plants and animals, including a fanged frog and a giant rat. I don't know why this is so hard to believe.

Covert Walrus19 May 2022 4:29 a.m. PST

Geographic isolation, be it with islands, plateaus, valleys, caves, and what have you, will *always* produce fascinating biological items.

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP19 May 2022 4:42 a.m. PST

What's this have to do with bias or politics? Isn't the NY Post maybe a step above the National Enquirer? Ifs the story is legit, then it is really fascinating.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP19 May 2022 6:38 a.m. PST

I was hoping for the gateway to Pellucidar.

Stryderg19 May 2022 6:58 a.m. PST

Keep your hopes up, it hasn't been adequately explored, yet….

microgeorge Supporting Member of TMP19 May 2022 7:04 a.m. PST

The Post was right about Hunter's laptop, wasn't it? A story that was conveniently ignored by the "respectable" press.

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP19 May 2022 8:27 a.m. PST

Please can we not turn this into a political discussion?
Again, this is a fun story about a fascinating science discovery. Let's stay with that.

So what beasties would you like to see discovered in the forest and the cave?

mjkerner19 May 2022 8:44 a.m. PST

The Post is a step above the NYT, if you're paying attention.

Personal logo PaulCollins Supporting Member of TMP19 May 2022 8:50 a.m. PST

A find of something dinosaur-like would sure add to the whole pulp genre, if you ask me.

Korvessa19 May 2022 10:34 a.m. PST

Seems like a story from General Pettygree

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP19 May 2022 10:59 a.m. PST

Only three things worth finding--treasure, predators and beautiful women.

But lost worlds of this sort are always second-best. Let me know when someone finds a portal which will take me to Barsoom or rough equivalent.

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP19 May 2022 11:16 a.m. PST

If there is vegetation, wouldn't it require sunlight?

Thresher0119 May 2022 2:43 p.m. PST

No doubt it probably gets some direct sunlight, and many things can survive very well in indirect sunlight too.

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP19 May 2022 8:55 p.m. PST

The sinkhole isn't in a cave or a cave itself. It's basically a huge hole, entirely open to the sky, though this one also has actual caves leading off from it. So it receives sunlight same as a ravine or canyon might. It's just so deep that the tops of the 130 ft tall trees which grow from the floor are well below the surrounding countryside.

Maxshadow20 May 2022 3:34 a.m. PST

Awesome news!
So is, to me, the "fanged frog and a giant rat" in PNG that Paul refers to. Must investigate!

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP20 May 2022 6:38 a.m. PST

Vampire frogs! Tom Wham would love ‘em! laugh

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