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January 5 2013

Echidna find rewrites natural history books

Scientists say the discovery of a stuffed western long-beaked echidna in a London museum could mean the animal, thought to be extinct in Australia, may still be living in the nation's north-west.

The long-beaked echidna, which is about twice as big as a common Australian echidna, was thought to have become extinct in Australia in the last ice age - although it still lives in Papua New Guinea.

Dr Kristofer Helgen from the Smithsonian Institution has told Radio Australia he's discovered a stuffed specimen that was only about 100 years old in London's Natural History Museum.

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