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Remarkable rediscovery: Attenborough’s long-beaked echidna found after 60 years in Indonesia Cyclops mountains

In a groundbreaking expedition led by Dr. James Kempton, Attenborough’s long-beaked echidna, unseen since 1961, has been rediscovered in Indonesia’s Cyclops Mountains. This nocturnal, egg-laying mammal, resembling a fusion of a hedgehog, anteater, and mole, is a critical find in the world of monotremes.

The team, including UK academics and local partners, faced immense challenges in the rugged terrain but also unearthed other treasures, such as a new shrimp species and a cave system. This rediscovery is just the beginning, shedding light on the extraordinary biodiversity of the Cyclops Mountains.

Source video: CBC News: The National on YouTube

Source image: TheOtherBen / pixabay

Source: merton.ox.ac.uk

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