Friday, June 16, 2006

Living Fossil

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.

The "living fossil," looks like a small squirrel or tree shrew.

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.

Another "living fossil" found.

I love stories like this and can't wait until they find a living dinosaur.


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