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New Insect Surfaces in Namibia

March 19, 2002

WINDHOEK, Namibia (AP) _ A new insect species that looks like a cross between a locust and a cricket was discovered in the southern African country of Namibia, a team of scientists said.

The scientists from the National Museum of Namibia, which led the expedition, said Monday they found the insect in Namibia’s remote Brandberg mountains.

The species has a flexible thorax, and the researchers have dubbed it the ``gladiator.″

Live and dead specimens of the insect will be sent on loan to scientists in Germany for study.

The Brandberg mountains, about 310 miles northwest of Windhoek, are a remote granite mountain range _ the highest in Namibia at more than 3,300 feet high.

``The Brandberg is a very old area and these insects have been there for thousands or millions of years with little or no interaction with other species″, said Phil Bragg, a British scientist who was part of the expedition team.

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