Derico From Argentina, joined Dec 1999, 4370 posts, RR: 10 Posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 2396 times:
A species that has been studied by fossils for decades, turns up alive in the deep rain forests of Laos. It is a cross between a squirrel and a rodent, perhaps ancestor of both, but neither rodent or squirrel!
A natural Jurassic Park. It also proves 'extinct' animals are not as ugly as people seem to think:
AvObserver From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 2485 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 2368 times:
Pretty amazing, though few on this forum will care. Just goes to show that we still DON'T know about all life on Earth and that there are still astounding discoveried YET to be made. And with isolated land areas and the bottom of the world's oceans still largely unexplored, you can be sure there's a LOT we don't know yet about. The Yeti or Sasquatch, Nessie in the Loch and the Kraken can't entirely be ruled out JUST yet.
SkySurfer From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 1146 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks ago) and read 2336 times:
I'd like to think we'll never know everything about life here on earth, that way if we don't know about it we can't damage it or kill it. Imagine if one day something made us realize that we we're not at the top of the food chain......i think that would be kind of refreshing. I'd love to see a thylacine....in fact i'd pay good money to see one if there was one proven to exist for sure. Forget the clones, ie, if someone cloned a dodo (surely named after a few anet members) i wouldn't want to see it as it would be fake.....but a surviving thylacine, dodo etc etc i'd pay good money to see. I hope we never fully explore Earth just so we can ensure the probable survival of species i hope we haven't revealed/destroyed.
In the dark you can't see ugly, but you can feel fat
YeahitsK From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2325 times:
An interesting discovery, although there are quite a few examples of this happening out there. The Coelacanth comes to mind right off the bat. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coelacanth
Scientists had been studying the fossils for years, turns out fisherman had been catching them all along off the coast of Madagascar.
Quoting AvObserver (Reply 1): The Yeti or Sasquatch, Nessie in the Loch and the Kraken can't entirely be ruled out JUST yet.
I'm a biologist by day and rediscoveries like the rat squirrel emphasize why it is so important to keep an open mind and not dismiss sightings and reports of the existence of such things out of hand. Many scientists won't even evaluate the evidence for fear of being blacklisted by their peers. Not truly scientific if you ask me.
Quoting SkySurfer (Reply 2): I'd love to see a thylacine....in fact i'd pay good money to see one if there was one proven to exist for sure.
The thylacine is another heartbreaking story, to me it is very similar to the Ivory Bill in that human pressures caused populations to reach such dangerously sparse levels that the species couldn't persist. Maybe you can take some hope from the recent rediscovery of this bird. It seems that people that report seeing the thylacine are immediately labelled as naive and wrong, just like people who have been claiming to see Ivory Bills since the species was declared extinct by the experts. I am also keeping my fingers crossed that one day I will read a story that the thylacine has been found in some remote corner of Tasmania.