The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Museum Zoologicum Bogoriense: Rat that doesn't gnaw discovered
This undated photo released by Museum Victoria shows a Paucidentomys vermidax, a new species of rat, that was found in the forests of southern Sulawesi Island, Indonesia, in 2011. The unique rat that lives off earthworms and doesn't chew or gnaw is the only rodent out of more than 2,200 known species that does not have molars and instead has bicuspid upper incisors. AP Photo/Museum Victoria, Kevin Rowe.

By: Niniek Karmini, Associated Press

JAKARTA (AP).- A unique species of near-toothless rat that lives off earthworms and doesn't chew or gnaw has been seen in Indonesia.

The shrew-like animal with a long, pointed snout was described online in this week's British journal Biology Letters. Paucidentomys vermidax, which translates loosely to "few-toothed rat" and "worm eater," is the only rodent out of more than 2,200 known species that does not have molars and instead has bicuspid upper incisors, it said.

Two rats were found in the mountainous rain forest of southern Sulawesi Island last year on Mount Latimojong and 100 kilometers (62 miles) northwest on Mount Gandangdewata.

Since it lacks cheek teeth, the rat sucks in earthworms and slices them with its incisors before spitting out the pieces and then slurping bites down whole, co-author Anang Achmadi from Indonesia's Museum Zoologicum Bogoriense said Thursday.

The researchers said the discovery is important because it shows how rodents, which are known for biting and chewing, were forced to evolve to survive in Sulawesi's environment.

"What defines rodents is their capacity to gnaw with their ever-growing incisors, which are worn down to form chisels," said co-author Kevin Rowe, senior curator of mammals at Museum Victoria in Melbourne, Australia. "It's a remarkable evolution that a trait that's been so successful (and) has allowed rodents to chew into everything from seeds to felling trees to eating our garbage and chewing their way into our house, this species has given up on that capacity in the pursuit of its lifestyle, which appears to include eating earthworms."

The new rat demonstrates the island's unique biodiversity despite human threats from illegal logging and mining, Achmadi said.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

Today's News

August 24, 2012

Picasso and Duchamp, up against each other for the first time at the Moderna Museet

Sotheby's announces "Collections": An auction of important private collections of fine & decorative art

First comprehensive exhibition in Australia of Eugène Atget's work opens at the Art Gallery of NSW

"Offering of the Angels: Paintings and Tapestries from the Uffizi Gallery" opens at the Chazen Museum of Art

Battle of Trafalgar masterpiece by artist who failed "A level" art for sale at Bonhams

First major gallery retrospective of Australian artist Sydney Long opens at the National Gallery of Australia

Original works by Frank Zappa and The Beatles to be offered at Philip Weiss Auctions

First ever mid-career survey of groundbreaking artist Barry McGee opens at Berkeley Art Museum

New exhibition at San Francisco airport presents historic imagery from the world's oldest living religion

PAD London returns to its prime location on Berkeley Square for sixth edition

Knoxville Museum of Art presents "Contemporary Focus 2012" and "Fischli & Weiss: The Way Things Go"

Kunsthaus Zürich announces first presentation in Switzerland of "Christian Marclay's The Clock"

Painting of Christ disfigured by elderly woman in Spanish town; becomes internet trending topic

Birmingham exhibition offers alternative portraits of black culture

New walk opens up auditory vistas in 18th Century landscape

Korean Artist Project launches its new and improved website, featuring virtual exhibitions

Rutgers University announces publication of "The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art, and Society"

Sale of World Series memorabilia to be held at Kaminski Auctions

Museum Zoologicum Bogoriense: Rat that doesn't gnaw discovered

Turning heads in Red Bank, New Jersey

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- First solo exhibition by the American artist Mickalene Thomas in Belgium opens at Galerie Nathalie Obadia

2.- Israel accidentally finds ancient mosaic that served as pavement for a courtyard in a villa

3.- The address of Johannes Vermeer's the Little Street discovered by Rijksmuseum curator

4.- The nine lives of Russia's Hermitage cats that root out unwanted guests: Rodents

5.- Robbers make off with masterpieces by Rubens and Tintoretto from museum in Verona

6.- 17th century letters at Museum of Communication reveal refugees 'sense of loss'

7.- New museum dedicated to the artist Mu Xin opens in Zhejiang Province, China

8.- Who are the most prolific art collectors in the US today?

9.- Rubens House brings newly discovered study for a portrait by Van Dyck to Antwerp

10.- "The Nude in the XX and XXI century" curated by Jane Neal opens at Sotheby's S/2 London

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez
Social Network Manager and Translator: Norma Cristina Pérez Ayala Cano

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful