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eppur_se_muova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-06-06 07:46 PM
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New pictures of 'living fossil' (BBC)
A rodent that "came back from the dead" after supposedly going extinct millions of years ago appears to be more common than previously thought.

The Laotian rock rat, known locally as the kha-nyou, was identified as a species new to science in 2005.
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The creature was originally thought to belong to an entirely new rodent family more closely related to rodents in Africa and South America than in Asia.

However, after a detailed search through the fossil records of the Natural History Museum in London, the mammal is now believed to be the sole survivor of an ancient group of rodents that died out 11 million years ago.

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more: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/4884052.stm


I wonder how many more "living fossils" we'll discover before we manage to wipe them all out?



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benburch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-06-06 07:54 PM
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1. Do they taste like chicken? nt
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Chiyo-chichi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-06-06 07:54 PM
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2. Rodents of Unusual Size
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PDX Bara Donating Member (243 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-06-06 09:44 PM
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3. Second Picture
What is that pink thing in the second picture? Is it a coelacanth?
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architect359 Donating Member (544 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-06-06 11:38 PM
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4. Maybe a shark?
Kind of looks like it from the body shape and the tail fin...
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NickB79 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-13-06 10:06 PM
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8. It looks like a nurse shark
From the fins and wide head...
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eppur_se_muova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-07-06 06:39 PM
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5. Probably a giant river catfish. These are in danger too.
Edited on Fri Apr-07-06 06:41 PM by eppur_se_muova
See http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2003/11/photoga... /

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2003/11/1118_03...

Critters like this are coming to light as expanding populations push into their habitats. So as soon as they are known to the wider world they are "under pressure" and losing habitat fast.


edited to add a link
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Dead_Parrot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-07-06 10:05 PM
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6. The one in that top pic is certainly in danger...
Edited on Fri Apr-07-06 10:05 PM by Dead_Parrot
...it's not wearing a helmet.
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eppur_se_muova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-08-06 05:00 PM
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7. "Nanny State" enabler! nt
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