Sunday, March 18, 2007

Entirely new species of cat - video

Scientists say that the clouded leopard, found on the Southeast Asian islands of Borneo and Sumatra, is an entirely new species of cat. This rainforest animal, first scientifically described in 1821, was originally believed to be the same species as the clouded leopards in mainland Southeast Asia. However, recent DNA results indicate the two cats are a completely different species and researchers say the Borneo population likely diverged from the mainland population some 1.4 million years ago.


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