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It was earlier considered that echidnas have gone extinct in Australia for thousands of years. But hopes have arisen that the 10kg weighing long-beaked echidna that grows to a metre long could be present in a remote area of Western Australia.
Dr. Kristofer Helgen discovered a specimen in the collection of the Natural History Museum in London. After carrying out some investigation, Dr. Helgen realized that the specimen has been taken from the wild in Australia in 1901.
In addition, a 90-year-old Aboriginal woman in 2001 told one of the team members of Dr. Helgen had hunted the larger echidnas. The finding has led researchers to carry out the hunt for the animal.
The researchers said the specimen and information they received was enough to consider it as evidence that the long-beaked echidna has survived into the early twentieth century.