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7 new mice species discovered in the Philippines. Cats everywhere just high-fived.

7 new mice species discovered in the Philippines. Cats everywhere just high-fived.

7 news mice species discovered in the Philippines mongabay.com June 16, 2011 Seven new species of mice have been discovered in the rainforests of Luzon island in the Philippines, according to the country's Department of Environment and Natural Resources. The species were all found in mountain forests: two came from to Mt. Tapulao in Zambales; two from Mt. Banahaw in Quezon; two from the Mingan Mountains in Aurora; and one from the Sierra Madre Mountains in northeastern Luzon. The discoveries bring the number of native mammals known to occur in Luzon to 49. "It is extraordinary that so many new species of mammals remain to be discovered in the Philippines," Danilo Balete, a scientist at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago and the leader of the field team that found the rodents, was quoted as saying by the Philippine Inquirer. "In the past 10 years, we’ve publishe...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0617-philippines_mice.html

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