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'Extinct' deer turns up alive in Vietnam


Posted on Sunday, 9 March, 2014 | Comment icon 17 comments

The deer were believed to have been extinct since 1929. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.5 Diliff
Researchers have rediscovered a species of deer thought to have disappeared over 85 years ago.
Scientists studying deer populations at the Xuan Lien Nature Reserve in Vietnam's Thanh Hoa province were ecstatic when they managed to snap a photograph showing a pair of Roosevelt's Muntjacs, a species of deer believed to have been extinct for decades.

The images have been backed up by DNA evidence retrieved from droppings discovered at the site.

The critically endangered deer got its name when a specimen was handed in to Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History by Theodore and Kermit Roosevelt in 1929.

Source: Thanh Nien News | Comments (17)

Tags: Deer, Extinct, Vietnam


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #8 Posted by 6.6.6 on 14 March, 2014, 11:56
There are reported cases of apparently extinct animals reappearing quite often! And in many cases in substantial numbers! Either they are not technically extinct and a small number must survive, or there are greater forces at work
Comment icon #9 Posted by 6.6.6 on 14 March, 2014, 12:01
https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&ei=a-8iU9isEMavygOT4IGgCA&url=http://www.care2.com/causes/10-animals-we-thought-were-extinct-but-arent.html&cd=3&ved=0CC0QFjAC&usg=AFQjCNGBvFE_JqvNs507k9YqDq-EhpA6vA
Comment icon #10 Posted by coldethyl on 14 March, 2014, 19:38
Interesting link, ty!
Comment icon #11 Posted by thewild on 15 March, 2014, 0:58
I cannot see anything in this pic. Where is it?
Comment icon #12 Posted by David-C on 15 March, 2014, 1:21
I'm really glad to see that....I thought maybe it was just me.
Comment icon #13 Posted by I_Am_Avatar_Korra on 15 March, 2014, 1:21
That's pretty cool! Hopefully they can be protected and not driven into extinction.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Rogue Suga on 15 March, 2014, 3:19
Beautiful story
Comment icon #15 Posted by coldethyl on 15 March, 2014, 17:07
I don't think that's a picture of the deer as I can't see them either. I think it's just where (or general area) of where they were found.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Hawkin on 20 March, 2014, 3:44
Didn't science say the Coelacanth was once extinct also? hmm


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