Tuesday, September 8, 2009

More faunal news from the British media

From The Guardian, news of 40 species never identified before in modern science, including a rat that's the size of a large housecat. It's supercute and it doesn't eat babies, just tubers -- or so the scientists say.

The animals and plants reside in a volcanic crater in Papua Guinea that's difficult to get to no matter what form of transportation you use. The crater is also home to animals heretofore known to science but heretofore unknown to me, including the silky cuscus and the beautiful fruit dove. That "beautiful," by the way, is not just the opinion of The Guardian; it's part of the dove Ptilinopus pulchellus' common name.

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