11 Million Year Old Rat is not Extinct - Photo

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11 Million Year Old Rat is not Extinct - Photo

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A rodent that "came back from the dead" after supposedly going extinct millions of years ago appears to be more common than previously thought.

The Laotian rock rat, known locally as the kha-nyou, was identified as a species new to science in 2005.

It was spotted at a hunter's market in Laos by researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).

A return visit has uncovered more specimens, suggesting the squirrel-like animal may not be that rare.

The creature was originally thought to belong to an entirely new rodent family more closely related to rodents in Africa and South America than in Asia.

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Here's a rat that they thought went extinct 11 million years ago.

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By YCON: posted on 9-4-2006

pity .... looks like it should be...

Hey what a great insult :)

Take that you laotian rock rat!
By netchicken: posted on 9-4-2006








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