Friday, May 13, 2005

New species of rodent found; creates new mammal family

A new species of rodent has been found in central Laos, in a hunters market (of all places), placed on a table besides some vegetables.

Known as the Kha-nyou by the locals, it seem to prefer limestone croppings and appears to be a nocturnal vegetarian. Its discoverer, Robert Timmins of Wildlife Conservation Society, suggested that this could be the last mammal family to be discovered.

The fact that a new family of a higher order animal could be discovered at this time and age simply calls for more support for studies of this kind to be conducted.

For the whole story, see the AP report on ABC news, "New Species of Rodent Found in Laos."

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