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Shock find brings extinct mouse back from the dead

Source: anu.edu.au

An Australian mammal thought to have been wiped out over 150 years ago can now be crossed off our list of extinct animals, following a new study.

Researchers compared DNA samples from eight extinct Australian rodents, as well as 42 of their living relatives, to look at the decline of native species since the arrival of Europeans in Australia.

The study showed the extinct Gould’s mouse was indistinguishable from the Shark Bay mouse, still found on several small islands off the coast of Western Australia.

According to lead author Dr Emily Roycroft from The Australian National University (ANU), the result is both exciting and sobering. MORE