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Old 12-17-07, 01:10 PM   #1
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Yo Stacey - ROUS!

Now found - Rodents of Unusual Size

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Mammalogist Martua Sinaga holds a three-pound giant rat that is probably a species new to science, discovered in the Foja Mountains of western New Guinea.

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Researchers in a remote jungle in Indonesia have discovered a giant rat and a tiny possum that are apparently new to science, underscoring the stunning biodiversity of the Southeast Asian nation, scientists said Monday.

Unearthing new species of mammals in the 21st century is considered very rare. The discoveries by a team of American and Indonesian scientists are being studied further to confirm their status.

The animals were found in the Foja Mountains rainforest in eastern Papua province during a June expedition, said U.S.-based Conservation International, which organized the trip along with the Indonesian Institute of Science.

"The giant rat is about five times the size of a typical city rat," said Kristofer Helgen, a scientist with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington. "With no fear of humans, it apparently came into the camp several times during the trip."

A 2006 expedition to the same stretch of jungle dubbed by Conservation International as a "Lost World" because until then humans had rarely visited it unearthed scores of exotic new species of palms, butterflies and palms.

Papua has some of the world's largest tracts of rainforest, but like elsewhere in Indonesia they are being ravaged by illegal logging. Scientists said last year that the Foja area was not under immediate threat, largely because it was so remote.

"It's comforting to know that there is a place on Earth so isolated that it remains the absolute realm of wild nature," said expedition leader Bruce Beehler. "We were pleased to see that this little piece of Eden remains as pristine and enchanting as it was when we first visited."
I swear though I've seen bigger in the subways.
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Old 12-17-07, 01:21 PM   #2
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On a related note, the researcher went on to explain that the rodent tastes vaguely like cat, and comes with eggroll.
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Old 12-17-07, 01:22 PM   #3
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Ooooo I so want one!
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Speaking of new specieis, an Oregon scientist has discovered the first known species of gilled underwater mushroom, Psathyrella aquatica, in the cold waters of the Rogue River.



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"Coffan says he didn't set out to find a new species, in fact, he says he was just playing in the water on a family outing. "'I was up in the middle of July, 90 degrees outside, wading around in the water, enjoying myself, and I saw mushrooms growing underwater,' he said. "After making the discovery, Coffan and a team of biologists from SOU spent nearly three months observing the mushrooms. "He says they develop and mature near other aquatic vegetation and remain constantly underwater. He says he's seen the mushrooms spread over about a quarter-mile stretch, growing on wood, gravel and the silty riverbed."

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Speaking of new specieis, an Oregon scientist has discovered the first known species of gilled underwater mushroom, Psathyrella aquatica, in the cold waters of the Rogue River.

From the news:

"Coffan says he didn't set out to find a new species, in fact, he says he was just playing in the water on a family outing. "'I was up in the middle of July, 90 degrees outside, wading around in the water, enjoying myself, and I saw mushrooms growing underwater,' he said. "After making the discovery, Coffan and a team of biologists from SOU
spent nearly three months observing the mushrooms. "He says they develop and mature near other aquatic vegetation and remain constantly underwater. He says he's seen the mushrooms spread over about a quarter-mile stretch, growing on wood, gravel and the silty riverbed."

Makes you tingly with excitement just to think about it, non?
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Just watched a PBS Nature special on that last night - only this followed a guy who was extremely interested in birds, new bird species --- and it showed the big rat and oooh so cute lil possom that jumped back and forth between the people. It was a great special.
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does anyone else have nutria

http://www.bio.tu-darmstadt.de/zoology/koch/nutria.htm

in their parks ?
they can get huge
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my parents have nutria in their back yard.
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So that's what happened to all the Steroids after the Mitchell report came out!
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does anyone else have nutria

http://www.bio.tu-darmstadt.de/zoology/koch/nutria.htm

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they can get huge
I think Louisiana actually encourages hunting of those things. IIRC they are quite destructive and have become something of a runaway pest in the bayous...so the state has an established hunting season and even <shudders> publishes recipes.
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I have seen video of SWAT teams in LA going Nutria hunting to practice long range shooting with their sniper rifles. At one point, LA had a bounty on Nutria and a dept. whose sole purpose was to find creative uses for dead nutria, like recipes and such.
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There are Nutria in the Willamette River in Portland as well.
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we have them downtown here.

one of the funniest/grossest things ever is to hear the sound of one being sucked into the intake of a turbocharged car without mesh over the intake
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We have something down here that looks like a nutria, it is called a Tempesquinte or Paca, they are consider very good eating.

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That's really, really cute - looks like a deer-rat!

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That's really, really cute - looks like a deer-rat!

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They love coconuts and are nocturnal. A few people raise them for food here. I haven't tried them yet, but I will probaby someday - without knowing it until it is too late...
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