New extant family of Rodentia

Richard Jensen rjensen at SAINTMARYS.EDU
Tue Apr 19 08:19:36 CDT 2005

I'm not surprised that the meat market was the first clue.  This has happened repeatedly in plant systematics - the first time a species was observed *by a trained taxonomist* was in a local market.  The unusual fruit/vegetable was investigated and found to represent a new species.

Dick J.

Ken Kinman wrote:

> Dear All,
>       The paper on the new family of Rodentia has apparently been online since about April 7th.  The printed version should be going out this week (we shall see).  In any case, it is a little disturbing to learn that this important new rodent was first discovered in a meat market.  But then again, it probably isn't being persecuted the way the passenger pigeon was.  Got to put it into a broader historical perspective.
>   ---Ken Kinman

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