Hot on the heels of the new Borneo fox, scientists have "discovered" a new type of rodent that Laotians have known all along:
Link. They're calling it Laonastes aenigmamus, which, if I know my Latin, and I think I do, is "The Laotian Enigma," which incidentally would make a great Lucha Libre name. Apparently if you are going to discover new mammals, Southeast Asia is the place to do it, because, as previously noted,
"It was for sale on a table next to some vegetables. I knew immediately it was something I had never seen before," said Robert Timmins of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).
Other specimens caught by hunters were later identified by WCS researcher Mark Robinson.
DNA analysis and a comparison of the skull and other bones to other creatures suggest Kha-Nyou diverged from other rodents millions of years ago.
Discoveries of mammals are extremely rare. Six were found in the 1990s in remote forests in Vietnam - a rhino, a rabbit, three deer and a primate - but they were the first since the discovery of the kouprey in the area in 1937.
Link. This recent rash of new mammal discoveries can mean only one thing: it's time once again to link to The Ballad of the Sneak.
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