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New species a little nipper

Recently discovered vontsira is first new carnivore in two decades

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5:24pm, October 12, 2010

Scientists have found the first new carnivore species to be discovered in more than 20 years, a mongoose-like creature with a pointed snout and sharp teeth that lives in the swampy wetlands of Lac Alaotra, Madagascar’s largest lake.

The new beastie was spotted swimming in the lake by researchers from the Natural History Museum in London, Nature Heritage, the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and Conservation International as the biologists surveyed bamboo lemurs, another mammal found exclusively on Madagascar. Closer inspection suggested the animal was a vontsira, a mammal in

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