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Researchers Find New Porcupine Species In Brazil
2013-04-11 18:18:00

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Brazilian researchers said they have discovered a new species of porcupine that inhabits an isolated patch of Brazil´s Northeastern Atlantic Forest. According to the team´s report in the journal Zootaxa, they dubbed the spiny rodent Coendou speratus, a reference to its local name "coandu-mirim" and the Latin word "speratus,” meaning “hope." Because only about two percent of the region´s original...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.