National Geographic is reporting that scientists have found a 2-inch-long salamander in a creek near a well-traveled road in northern Georgia.
The newly named patch-nosed salamander, the second smallest salamander in the United States, is the first new genus of a four-footed creature found in the U.S. in 50 years!
Of the approximately 560 salamanders in the world, 10 percent are found in Georgia's Appalachian Mountains.
As John Maerz of the University of Georgia is quoted in the article, "It makes you wonder, what else is out there?"
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