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  • New Species of Leopard Found!

    I thought this was pretty cool!

    GENEVA - A type of leopard found on the Southeast Asian island of Borneo and believed to be related to its mainland cousin is in fact a completely new cat species, WWF said Thursday.
    The conservation group said American scientists compared the DNA of the clouded leopard with that of its mainland cousin and determined the two populations diverged some 1.4 million years ago.
    "Genetic research results clearly indicate that the clouded leopard of Borneo should be considered a separate species," WWF quoted Dr. Stephen O'Brien of the U.S. National Cancer Institute, which carried out the tests, as saying.
    The clouded leopard is Borneo's largest predator, has the longest canine teeth relative to its size of any cat, and can grow as large as a small panther.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17619064/?GT1=9145

  • #2
    That's awsome!


    Hope its aedquately protected...
    Rest in Peace, Darrent and Damien. You will be forever in our thoughts

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    • #3
      That is by far the coolest thing I have heard all morning!

      I love big cats and cats in general so I'm excited!!!
      ...capture it...remember it...

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      • #4
        what a gorgeous beastie. . . .
        Officially Objectified by the GPA

        rest in peace, darrent williams and damien nash-- you will be missed!!

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        • #5
          beautiful animal...does anyone else find it amazing that after all these years they still are finding things like this!!! I love life...


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