Posted by: Loren Coleman on August 23rd, 2012
A new species of rat that has practically no teeth and eats soft earthworms has been discovered.
The rat, given the scientific name Paucidentomys vermidax, is a type of shrew rat that lives on Sulawesi Island in Indonesia. This island is the same one that was the location of the second species of living coelacanth in 1998. This new rat is the first known rodent to lack cheek teeth.
The full journal entry on this new species can be found here.
(Thanks to Chad Arment and a few others.)
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013.