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New species of night monkey, porcupine and shrew opossum found in Peru

This week, researchers have announced the discovery of a handful of new species in Peru, including a night monkey, common shrew opossum and porcupine, and the extra great news is that they're all storybook levels of adorable.In September 2011, ecologist Gerardo Ceballos from the Instituto de Ecología at the National Autonomous University of Mexico was part of a team of researchers who conducted a biological inventory of the species living in the Tabaconas Namballe National Sanctuary, which is located on the Atlantic slope of the Peruvian Andes, near the Peru-Ecuador border...

October 2, 2012 — Becky Crew
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Ancient digging mammal is a `scaly anteater' relative

Palaeontologists have taken a closer look at the fossilised remains of a rare, 57-million-year-old mammal to discover that this dogged digger was more closely related to the modern-day pangolin, or 'scaly anteater', than we thought.The creature is Ernanodon antelios , an extinct placental species of mammal from Asia that grew to around the size of a badger, with powerful limbs and large, specialised claws for scratch-digging its meals and shelter out of the dry earth...

August 29, 2012 — Becky Crew

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