Monday, March 19, 2012

Newly discovered frog species in New York City

Biologists were stunned thinking that the frogs they see in New Your City belong to the widespread variety of leopard frogs which simply chose to live at the Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. But these urban creatures are actually new species undiscovered for almost two million years until now. 

Jeremy Feinberg of Rutgers University asked his colleague Cathy Newman of Louisiana State University who studies leopard frogs to probe something. Ms. Newman discovered then that the frogs she was probing had atypical behaviours. She was one of the many who were stunned by the fact that these frogs exist in a heavily urbanized area. 

Feinberg noticed a repeated croak not the usual long snore of leopard frogs. "When I first heard these frogs calling, it was so different, I knew something was very off," he added.

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