Creature Thought to be Extinct Appears in RI Region, Shocked Researchers Tech – 51 minutes ago


Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – A mammal species thought to be extinct has surprisingly reappeared. Its appearance was seen in Pegungan Cyclops, Sentani, Jayapura Regency.

This species is called the Echidna and was last seen 60 years ago. These animals resemble hedgehogs, pangolins and moles with long snouts.

Recently, a team of Oxford University scientists discovered it on the final day of its four-week expedition. The team got it with a trail camera.


Biologist James Kempton was the first to discover the image of the animal on the latest memory card. In the picture you can see a small creature walking through the forest bushes.

Kempton watched the recording with collaborators from the Indonesian group YAPPENDA. He admitted that he was very happy when he saw the picture for the first time.

“There was an extraordinary sense of euphoria, and also a sense of relief after being on the field for so long without any reward until the last day,” he said as quoted by CBC, Friday (1/12/2023).

This feeling of joy seems to be because the Kempton team needed a lot of effort to carry out the research. Because they experienced everything from earthquakes, malaria and leeches stuck to their eyeballs.

Echidna is the name of a Greek mythological creature. This creature is half woman and half snake and is known to be a shy, nocturnal burrower so it is difficult to find.

Kempton explained that the Echidna species is different from other mammals. The reason is because it is a monotreata, an egg-laying group that separated from other mammals about 200 million years ago.

The species was recorded as being sighted once in 1961 by a Dutch botanist. Different echidnas have also been found throughout Australia and New Guinea.

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