November 5, 2006

PSSSST, THE BALD EAGLE ISN'T EITHER:

Cambodia's National Animal Never Existed, Scientists Say (Nicholas Bakalar, November 3, 2006, National Geographic News)

The national animal of Cambodia probably never really existed, a team of researchers says, at least in the scientific sense.

Since 1960 the Southeast Asian nation has claimed the kouprey—an ox with spectacular crescent-shaped horns and a dewlap under its chin—as its national symbol.

But after conducting genetic tests, a team of researchers from Chicago's Northwestern University has concluded that the animal was most probably not a unique species at all.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 5, 2006 11:32 PM
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