Something Old and Something NewJanay Rickwalder
Saturday, August 17, 2013
This week, scientists discovered two new species including an
ancestor of the rat and a raccoon relative.
TIME.com reported that a fossil found in China of an ancient
rodent is one of the oldest on record for this group of mammals.
The fossil is a multituberculate, a distant relative of today’s rats and mice that
lived during the time of the dinosaurs, so it was never a bother to
However, a new mammal we might need to be on the watch for in
North America is the
olinguito. This cousin of the raccoon was grouped with another very similar
animal until a researcher noticed differences in samples stored at
the Smithsonian. The olinguito is the first new carnivore to be
identified in the Western Hemisphere in 35 years.