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Echidna find rewrites natural history books

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 02:19 PM

Scientists say the discovery of a stuffed western long-beaked echidna in a London museum could mean the animal, thought to be extinct in Australia, may still be living in the nation's north-west.

The long-beaked echidna, which is about twice as big as a common Australian echidna, was thought to have become extinct in Australia in the last ice age - although it still lives in Papua New Guinea.

http://www.abc.net.a...2906?section=wa

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 02:59 PM

Just a small correction, echidnas aren't birds, they're monotremes (mammals).

http://www.nwf.org/N...he-Echidna.aspx


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Posted 05 January 2013 - 03:51 PM

View PostRlyeh, on 05 January 2013 - 02:59 PM, said:

Just a small correction, echidnas aren't birds, they're monotremes (mammals).

http://www.nwf.org/N...he-Echidna.aspx

And one learned to fly.

But got stuffed as a reward.


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Posted 06 January 2013 - 07:15 PM

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"I realised, my goodness, is this actually saying that it's actually a long beaked echidna that was collected in Australia? That was phenomenally exciting if that was true."

I quite sympathize, but LOL! there speaks a true academic!





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