1 Tahrcountry Musings: Rat Squirrel Rediscovered

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Rat Squirrel Rediscovered

Researchers of the New York-based conservation society were intrigued last year by the bodies of one animal brought for sale at a meat market in Laos. They thought this was a new species to science. It had the face of a rat and the tail of a skinny squirrel. Careful analysis has thrown up the fact that it's a species believed to have been extinct for 11 million years. a member of a family until now known only from fossils. The species is called Diatomyidae. Details appear in the latest issue of journal Science

1 comment:

JLB said...

Somehow it doesn't sound as cute as a squirrel. :) However, I suppose that does not matter when the animal is being captured for eating... :)

I wonder where the people in Laos found this creature...