Thursday, April 25, 2013
Apr. 25, 2013 — The rediscovery of a mystery animal in a museum's underground storeroom proves that a non-native 'big cat' prowled the British countryside at the turn of the last century.
The animal's skeleton and mounted skin was analysed by a multi-disciplinary team of Durham University scientists and fellow researchers at Bristol, Southampton and Aberystwyth universities and found to be a Canadian lynx -- a carnivorous predator more than twice the size of a domestic cat.
A neat little discovery, and a good intro to Darren Naish, one of my favorite science bloggers, who has a much more detailed piece on the discovery here. Darren's into crytozoology, among other things. I've written about him before.
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LOL. I took one look at it and said to myself, Hey a Lynx! Those guys are really shy and rarely seen. The stubby tail is a giveaway, although the little tuftf os hair on the ears are gone.
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