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SYDNEY (AFP) – Scientists announced Monday the discovery of a new species of lizard fighting to survive among the sand dunes outside Perth in Western Australia.

They fear it is only a matter of time before the two-inch long Ctenotus ora, or the coastal plains skink, will be extinct with urban sprawl rapidly closing in. “The discovery of a new species is a momentous occasion in science,” said Geoffrey Kay, an ecologist from the Australian National University who found the lizard with colleague Scott Keogh.