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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.
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.
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.
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...
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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