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A new species of giant lizard has been discovered in the Philippines.
The 2m-long reptile is a monitor lizard, the group to which the world's longest and largest lizards belong.
The monitor, described as spectacular by the scientists who found it, lives in forests covering the Sierra Madre mountains in the north of the country.
Why the new massive lizard has remained undiscovered by scientists until now is a mystery, especially as many biologists work in the northern Philippines.
Originally posted by Wayne60
Amazing! Just goes to show there is still more to this planet we call home that we do not know about. Looking at the pics, it is easy to see it's relation to the Komodo dragon.
Of course the locals have known about this for a long time, so I can't help but wonder if we would devote more time to "listening" to what the local people have to say instead of looking down on them, how much more we would learn.
Thanks for bringing this to our attention.