Scientists “Delighted” To Discover That A Bizarre 200-Million-Year-Old Species Isn’t Extinct(video)

There is optimism amidst the uncertainties and challenges of science and nature that have lately surfaced.

Dispelling rumors of its demise, scientists have seen footage of an extinct egg-laying animal named for Sir David Attenborough for the first time.

After being thought to be extinct, a species bearing Sir David Attenborough's name has been found after being seen on camera for the first time.

Until recently, the only evidence of the Zaglossus attenboroughi species' existence was a museum specimen of a dead animal that had been kept over several decades.

However, on a trip to Indonesia, a few researchers from Oxford University managed to record four quick three-second videos of Attenborough's long-beaked echidna, a spiky, fuzzy animal with a characteristic beak.

Echidnas, sometimes called "living fossils," are thought to have coexisted alongside dinosaurs on Earth 200 million years ago, when they first appeared.

Oxford University scientist Dr. James Kempton told BBC News, "I was ecstatic, the whole team was ecstatic."

"When I say that everything hinged on the very last SD card we examined, from the very last camera we gathered, on the very last day of our expedition, I'm not kidding."

Here is a video of an echidna being captured on camera:

James stated that he was "absolutely delighted" to hear of the rediscovery and that he had corresponded with Sir David in writing about it.

Over the course of a month, the scientist oversaw an expedition that traveled into unexplored areas of the Cyclops Mountains, an untamed rainforest environment located 2,000 meters (6,561 feet) above sea level.

In addition to finding Attenborough's "lost echidna," the expedition documented flourishing populations of birds of paradise and tree kangaroos and revealed new species of insects and frogs.

There are four species of echidna, with three having long beaks. They are the only mammal that can lay eggs, only surpassed in this regard by the duck-billed platypus.

The Attenborough and western echidnas are the two that are considered to be extremely endangered.

The Attenborough echidna may have been present in the Cyclops Mountains during previous expeditions, as shown by "nose pokes" in the ground, but inaccessible isolated locations precluded conclusive evidence of its existence.

The revelation was said to have Sir David "absolutely delighted."

As a result, for the last 62 years, the only proof of the Attenborough echidna's existence has been a specimen safely kept at the Netherlands' natural history museum, Naturalis' Treasure Room.

Naturalis' collection manager, Pepijn Kamminga, stated to the British broadcaster that upon its discovery, some speculated that it could have already gone extinct because it was the sole one.

"Well, this is amazing news—the rediscovery."

Before Kempton's team found the long-lost species of hedgehog-like creature in the far-off Indonesian mountains, the researchers endured malaria, an earthquake, and even a leech attaching itself to one of the team members' eyeballs.

Working together with the Yongsu Sapari community, the scientists traversed and investigated the inaccessible regions of northeastern Papua.

The echidna is significant to the local way of life. Elders from Yongsu Sapari have reported a custom in which disputes are settled by sending one party to the ocean to locate a marlin and another into the forest to look for the creature.

Both animals are said to be elusive, often taking a generation or more to find, but once located, they represent the end of fighting and the restoration of peaceful relationships.

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