Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Maintaining a sense of uncertainty: Mysterious mammal caught on film

More signs the world (and reality) are not what they appear to be and that our models need constant adjustment.

Untitled from mrfruitypants on Vimeo.

VIA BBC News: Mysterious mammal caught on film.

An "extraordinary" desert creature has been caught on camera for what scientists believe is the first time.

The long-eared jerboa, a tiny nocturnal mammal that is dwarfed by its enormous ears, can be found in deserts in Mongolia and China.

Zoological Society of London (ZSL) scientist Jonathan Baillie said the footage was helping researchers to learn more about the mysterious animal.

The species is classified as endangered on the IUCN Red list.

These creatures hop just like a kangaroo; it is amazing to watch
Dr Jonathan Baillie, ZSL

The unusual animals were filmed in the Gobi desert during an expedition led by Dr Baillie.

Read the entire article here.

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