Christmas Island discovery redraws map of life

23 Mar 2020
Christmas Island
“We’re excited to see what other weird and wonderful discoveries are ahead.”

The world’s animal distribution map will need to be redrawn and textbooks updated, after researchers discovered the existence of ‘Australian’ species on Christmas Island.

The University of Queensland’s Professor Jonathan Aitchison said the finding revises the long-held understanding of the location of one of biology and geography’s most significant barriers – the Wallace line.

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