Laotian Rock Rat

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The Laotian rock rat or kha-nyou, sometimes called the "rat-squirrel", is a rodent species of the Khammouan region of Laos. The species was first described in a 2005 article by Paulina Jenkins and coauthors, who considered the animal to be so distinct from all living rodents that they placed it in a new family, Laonastidae. In 2006 the classification of the Laotian rock rat was disputed by Mary Dawson and coauthors. Dawson and her colleagues suggested that instead it belongs to the ancient fossil family Diatomyidae, that was thought to have been extinct for 11 million years, since the late Miocene. It would thereby represent a Lazarus taxon. The animals resemble large dark rats with hairy, thick tails like those of a squirrel. Their skulls are very distinctive and have features that separate them from all other living mammals.

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