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Laotian Rock Rat - from the age of dinosaurs!

DNA analysis supports the argument that the newly discovered Laotian Rock Rat is in fact genetically separated from all other rodents by 44 million years, making it a survivor from the age of dinosaurs. Illustration.

Full article at Ars Technica

From the article: "Given this sequence data, it appears that Laonastes is the only living member of an entire family of mammals, the otherwise extinct Diatomyidae."

Illustration of Laotian Rock Rat (Laonastes aenigmamus) from Wikipedia. The image is copyrighted and unlicenced. See the rationale for publishing this illustration at Wikipedia which applies for its reproduction here. For enquiries regarding copyright of this image, please contact WLMD.

Laotian Rock Rat - Laonastes aenigmamus

Posted by: admin on 25th Apr 2007 09:08 PM
Updated by: admin on 25th Apr 2007 09:08 PM
Expires: 01st Jan 2012 12:00 AM

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