posted on Mar, 9 2006 @ 08:43 PM
A speices of squirrel-like rodent thought extinct for 11 million years was identified after being found in a meat market last year. The researchers
mathced it's dental structure to the fossils of this rodent.
"Last year scientists described the body of a squirrel-like rodent found for sale in a meat market in Laos. They believed it belonged to a previously
undescribed family and named it Laonastes aenigmamus."
"But they failed to fully inspect the fossil record. Upon closer analysis of the creature's teeth, a second group of researchers determined it was a
member of the previously known rodent family Diatomyidae. "
"Diatomyidae were squirrel-sized rodents that lived during the middle Tertiary period 34 million to 11 million years ago in southern Asia, central
China, and Japan. They also had highly characteristic molar teeth and jaw structure, which is how the researchers reclassified Laonastes."
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This is an amazing find. This is the second major find in the past couple of months. the other being that rainforest in Indonesia I believe it was.
It's quite cool to see all these animals we thought were long extinct pop up out of no where. It just goes to show you natures ingenuity.