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Rainforest Insects Are More Widespread Than Previously Thought

August 9, 2007

kid with an insect An international team of scientists, led by the University of Minnesota and funded primarily by the National Science Foundation, has learned that the same insect species and their food plants are broadly distributed across a vast lowland rainforest on the island of New Guinea. The finding challenges the dogma that tropical insect diversity changes dramatically from place to place. Full Story

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