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Unformatted text preview: My Friday report is on the first terrestrial mammal found in Europe in decades. The mammal is a mouse with a big head, ears, eyes, and teeth that lived in the Mountainous of Cyprus in Europe. The mouse is believed to originate from the eastern Mediterranean islands. The mouse mainly lived in the Troodos Mountains on the western half of the island. After using DNA genetic testing the mouse was confirmed a new species and was officially named Mus cypriacus, also known as Cypriot mouse. What makes this very fascinating is that despite all the study of biodiversity of Europe new mammal species are rarely discovered on the continent, most new species have been discovered in Southeastern Asia. However in Hungary and Greece as recently as 2001 a new living species of bat was discovered but no classified terrestrial mammal has been discovered. 'Living Fossil' Mouse Found on Cyprus By THOMAS WAGNER, Associated Press Writer 4 HOURS AGOUPDATED 2 HOURS 32 MINUTES AGO LONDON - Using DNA testing, scientists have discovered what is believed to be the first terrestrial mammal found in Europe in decades: a mouse with a big head, ears, eyes and teeth that lives in a mountainous area of Cyprus. The mouse was native to the eastern Mediterranean island, survived the arrival of man on Cyprus and could be...
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This note was uploaded on 04/13/2008 for the course ENVI SCI 101 taught by Professor Macintyre during the Fall '07 term at York College of Pennsylvania.
- Fall '07