Borneo Made It To Top 10 Natural History Stories Of 2008


by Jaxon S on January 9, 2009

in Borneo Flora and Fauna

It’s been quite sometime since I last blogged here; I’m still around but have been suffering from blogging burnout. I’ve recovered now and eager to resume my blogging activities.

I hope to be able to blog more actively this year. For a start I want to share this piece of news to you:

The Natural History Museum has revealed its Top 10 natural history stories of 2008 which includes the discovery of the fossil of a 150-million-year-old sea reptile that grew to 15m in length in the Arctic, and an unusual British dinosaur with crocodile-like skull.

Second in the list is a story about Borneo’s stick insect, which is holding the record as the world’s longest insect — at 56.7cm.

The insect is found in remote area of Penampang near Kota Kinabalu, the capital city of Sabah, by collector and naturalist Datuk Chan Chew Lun (picture by Natural History Museum).

Borneo really is one of the planet’s biodiversity hot spots but it would not be for long if nothing is done to protect its natural heritage, some of which, like its Tropical forest, is nearly as old as the island itself.

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