Mystery Mammal Discovered in Borneo

New Scientist Breaking News – Mystery mammal discovered in Borneo’s forests

Mystery mammal discovered in Borneo’s forests* 00:01 06 December 2005
* NewScientist.com news service
* Shaoni Bhattacharya


The new beast, with its dark red fur and long tail, could be a new species of marten or civet, or belong to a new group entirely.

Experts are mystified by the new creature, with some saying it looks like a civet, and others say that it resembles a lemur. Even the natives haven’t seen it before! More…

Find the above photo and another of the mystery animal (in higher resolution) here.

I’m betting on  it being a Fossa.

Check out the resemblance to the Madagascar Fossa:

There is research that shows that half of the human population of Madagascar came from Borneo around about a thousand years ago… So it isn’t THAT improbable that someone brought a couple of Fossa ancestors to Madagascar! (or even just one pregnant female)

An article regarding the migration of people from Madagascar to Borneo can be found here.

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One Response to Mystery Mammal Discovered in Borneo

  1. interested person says:

    couldnt this species just be a golden-mantled tree kangaroo? like the one found in the Indonesias Foja mountians? The expedition in December 2005.

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