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Obdurodon tharalkooschild
2013-11-05 03:26:12

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The discovery of a lone tooth in the Riversleigh World Heritage Area of Queensland, Australia, has led to the classification of a new, giant, now-extinct species of platypus known as the Obdurodon tharalkooschild. The new species in the duck-billed, egg-laying mammal’s family is detailed in the latest edition of the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, and while the precise age of the fossil has not been yet been determined, it...

Western Long-beaked Echidna
2013-01-03 05:48:56

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A research team, led by the Smithsonian Institution, has found evidence that the western long-beaked echidna, one of the world's five egg-laying mammal species thought to have become extinct thousands of years ago, survived far longer than previously thought. The findings of this study, published in a recent issue of Zookeys, suggest they may well still exist in parts of Australia today. The western long-beaked echidna (Zaglossus...

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2010-11-19 09:25:00

Three species of long-beaked echidnas share the top spot on the Zoological Society of London's list of the world's most unique and threatened mammals, the UK conservation group announced on Thursday. Attenborough's Long-beaked Echidna (Zaglossus attenboroughi)--thought extinct until ZSL researchers discovered evidence of its continued survival three years ago--the Eastern Long-beaked Echidna (Zaglossus bartoni), and the Western Long-beaked Echidna (Zaglossus bruijnii) have been ranked "equal...

2009-06-16 10:58:09

A Wildlife Conservation Society research intern working in Papua New Guinea has completed the first study of a rare egg-laying mammal. The study of the long-beaked echidna in Papua New Guinea's Crater Mountain Wildlife Management Area was conducted by Muse Opiang, now of the Papua New Guinea Institute of Biological Research. It took several years to remotely track the porcupine-sized mammals and record their dens and other signs, WCS officials said. The study chronicles the first solid data...

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2007-07-16 03:05:00

By Steve Connor A species of mammal that lays eggs and suckles its young in a pouch has been rediscovered in the jungles of Papua New Guinea, nearly 50 years after it was seen for the first and last time. Attenborough's longbeaked echidna - which was named after Sir David Attenborough - was known only from a single museum specimen caught in 1961. Its subsequent disappearance led scientists to believe that it had become extinct. However, a scientific expedition to the remote Cyclops...


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2006-12-12 11:44:52

The Western Long-beaked Echidna is one of the four surviving echidnas. Fossils of this species also occur in Australia. The Western Long-beaked Echidna is present in New Guinea, in regions from 4,265 ft (1300m) and up to 13,123 ft (4000m). It is absent from the southern lowlands and north coast. Its preferred habitats are alpine meadow and humid mountain forests. Unlike the Short-beaked Echidna, which eats ants and termites, the Long-beaked species eats earthworms. The Long-beaked Echidna...

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2006-12-12 11:41:43

The Short-beaked Echidna, also known as the Spiny Anteater because of its diet of ants and termites, is one of four living species of echidna. The Short-beaked Echidna is covered in fur and spines and has a distinctive snout and a specialized tongue, which it uses to catch its prey at a great speed. The Short-beaked Echidna lays eggs. The species is found throughout Australia, where it is the most widespread native mammal, and in coastal and highland regions of southwestern New Guinea. It...

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2006-12-12 11:27:08

The platypus is a semi-aquatic endemic to eastern Australia and Tasmania. Together with the four species of echidna, it is one of the five species of monotremes, the only mammals that lay eggs instead of giving birth to live young. It is the sole living representative of its family and genus, though a number of related species have been found in the fossil record. The unique appearance of this egg-laying, duck-billed mammal baffled naturalists when it was first discovered, with some...

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