LAOTIAN ROCK RAT Among Discovered (And Rediscovered) Species

01/15/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
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The Laotian rock rat (Laonastes aenigmamus) has been rediscovered, millions of years after it was thought the breed was extinct.

Researchers say the rock rat is the sole survivor of an ancient group of rodents understood to have died out 11 million years ago, and then recorded again in 2005.

The nocturnal rodent lives in remote forests in Laos.

Check out the BBC's discovered species slideshow (including the rediscovered Laotian rock rat)

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