posted on Jun, 14 2006 @ 06:07 PM
A rodent species thought to of been extinct for 11 million years has been found alive in Laos by a retired US professor and a Laotian biologist. The
Diatomyidae, dubbed "Laotian Rock Rat" isn't actually a rat and was up until now only known from the fossil record. Witnesses say it even waddles
like a duck when it walks.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The first pictures showing a live specimen of a rodent species once thought to have been extinct for 11 million years have been
taken by a retired Florida State University professor and a Thai wildlife biologist.
They took video and still photographs of the "living fossil," which looks like a small squirrel or tree shrew, in May during an expedition to
central Laos near the Thai border.
Known as Diatomyidae, scientists have nicknamed it the Laotian rock rat. The creature is not really a rat but a member of a rodent family once known
only from fossils.
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I really love stories like this, they truly humble humanity when an entire species of animal can evade modern science since its inception.
I truly believe science should come up with a better term than "extinct", whats Latin for "haven't seen one in a while"?
[edit on 14/6/2006 by Mirthful Me]