In the mountains of Indonesia, scientists have found a species of mammals that disappeared more than 60 years ago, with the spine of a hedgehog, the snout of an anteater and the legs of a mole.
This species has been scientifically recorded only once by a Dutch botanist in 1961, according to CNN.
Attenborough’s long-beaked echidna, named after British naturalist David Attenborough, was caught on camera for the first time since 1961 on the last day of a four-week expedition led by Oxford University scientists.
At the end of a difficult journey, during which the team survived an earthquake and disease, biologist James Kempton found on the last memory card, obtained from more than 80 remote video cameras, an image of a small creature walking through the thickets of the forest.
|Photo: Expedition Cyclops/Handout|
Scientists have identified a rare species of mammal described as a “shy, nocturnal burrower that is very difficult to find”.
“The reason why these animals are not like other mammals is that they belong to the single-passed animals of the oviparous group, which separated from the rest of the mammals about 200 million years ago“, says biologist Kempton.
Other species of echidna are found throughout Australia.
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Iryna Bura, UP. Life