Giant Rat and New Possum Found in Indonesia
The article below is extracted from New Scientist. It was published on 17 Dec 2007 by Reuters and New Scientist staff. Enjoy reading! Two new undocumented mammals - a pygmy possum and a giant rat - have been found in the jungles of a remote mountain range in Indonesia's Papua province, according to a conservation group. During an expedition to Papua's Foja Mountains in June, Conservation International (CI) and Indonesian scientists documented the two mammals - a Cercartetus pygmy possum, one of the world's smallest marsupials, and a Mallomys giant rat, the conservation group said in a statement. Both mammals are currently under study and are apparently new to science, it said. The scientists, accompanied by a film crew, also recorded the mating displays of several rare and little-known birds for the first time.
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