The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has reported that more than 400 new species of plants and animals have been discovered in the Amazon since 2010, including a passionflower that looks like a bowl of purple spaghetti, a ‘titi’ monkey that purrs like a cat, and a herbivorous piranha. “The more scientists look, the more they find,” says Damian Fleming from WWF. “It’s clear that the extraordinary Amazon remains one of the most important centres of global biodiversity.” This news comes as 2013 was confirmed as one of the worst years in the Amazon’s ...


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