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Scientists discover six new species and a rat thought extinct at Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu Peru
Machu Picchu Peru Image by Rocco Lucia / CC BY 2.0

Scientists have reported the discovery of at least six new species of animals in the cloud forest near Macchu Picchu’s citadel in Peru. Among the species discovered are one lizard, four frogs, and an earless aquatic rodent. A rat known as the arboreal chinchilla (Cuscomys oblativa), which was thought to have been extinct since the time of the Incas more than 300 years ago, was also found. Read more: peruviantimes.com