Sumatran muntjac rediscovered


Sumatran muntjacFrom Wildlife Extra:

Legendary deer rediscovered in Sumatran national park

Sumatra muntjac, discovered in 1914, last seen in 1930

October 2008 – The Sumatran muntjac, a ‘lost’ species of deer, has been rediscovered in the remote mountains of western Sumatra, Indonesia, nearly a century after its last positive sighting. A team working for Fauna & Flora International (FFI) and the Kerinci-Seblat National Park Tiger Protection found the muntjac (Latin name Muntiacus montanus) when they rescued it from a hunter’s snare on an anti-poaching patrol 6400ft above sea level in Sumatra’s Kerinci-Seblat National Park.

The Sumatran muntjac was originally discovered in 1914 but had not been seen since 1930. It is believed that the ‘type specimen’ for the deer, originally filed at the Raffles Museum in Singapore, was lost when the museum was evacuated as the Japanese prepared to invade Singapore in early 1942, until its recent discovery at the National History Museum.

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  1. Megalithic site found in South Sumatra

    February, 17 2010

    Jakarta Post

    A megalithic settlement has recently been unearthed at Skendal village, 10 kilometers from the town of Pagaralam in South Sumatra.

    Irfan Wintarto, an official at the Lahat Culture and Tourism Agency’s Historical and Archeological Preservation Department, said local residents had discovered around 36 types of rocks on a 150-by-300-meter plot in the middle of a 2-hectare coffee plantation. The site is currently being investigated by the Archeological Region Conservation and Heritage Center (BPPP).

    “The findings are believed to date back to around 5,000 B.C.,” Irfan said.

    “The types of rocks and megaliths found are quite diverse.”

    Among the items are a mortar and a 1-by-1.3-meter relief showing a woman riding an elephant with two children, and people being attacked by crocodiles and large snakes, as well as several altars believed to have been used for offerings.

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