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Send Clowns
13th May 2005, 13:08
In fact, as this article in New Scientist (http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn7370) points out, not only is the species not previously recorded, but it is of a family not known to science. Found being sold as a light snack!

AerBabe
13th May 2005, 13:09
Bet it tastes like chicken.

Capt.KAOS
13th May 2005, 13:26
Guess it tasts better than the (recorded) fried cockroaches I had in Thailand?

redsnail
13th May 2005, 13:29
Don't talk to me about bloody chicken... ooooohhhhh...... :ooh: :ugh:

Kolibear
13th May 2005, 13:43
Unknown to science? It sounds as though it would fit in well with the rest of the Mcdonald's menu them.

steamchicken
13th May 2005, 13:46
There's something cosmically depressing about the fact people are eating species still unknown to science.

Jerricho
13th May 2005, 13:48
Even more depressing would be if we killed off the species without even knowing it existed.

Onan the Clumsy
13th May 2005, 14:17
A weird species of rodent, totally new to science, has been discovered on sale in a southeast Asian food market. The rock rat - or kha-nyou as it is known in Laos - is unlike any rodent seen before by scientists. Is it unknown, or does it have a name? :confused:

Windy Militant
13th May 2005, 14:21
So that's where Roland rat went Yeeeey! :ok:

tart1
13th May 2005, 16:16
Do they use MSG when they cook it? :p

Taildragger55
13th May 2005, 16:18
No, just parsley, regular or sometimes curly.

Dave Martin
13th May 2005, 16:23
Actually, I think I ate them last time I was there. The Lao make a funny handles for carrying/racking them once caught.

Don't recall it tasting any different from the other bush meat on offer there.

tart1
13th May 2005, 16:29
I love it when threads get 'cross-referenced' don't you?? :}

(Is that a word and is it spelt/spelled correctly??)

ShyTorque
13th May 2005, 19:30
Mm, rat-on-a-stick; my favourite food. :yuk:

reynoldsno1
13th May 2005, 20:12
So, it's not actually unknown then, but it would appear that scientists are unknown in Laos......until recently

Incipient Sinner
13th May 2005, 20:49
No, what New Scientist mean by unknown is that no-one had told them about it. The highly civilised people of South East Asia knew all about it, they just didn't think to tell the European scientists because they thought that it was just tooooo obvious.

Jerricho
13th May 2005, 21:38
Just ilke them mozzies in Laos that cause zombies then.

Onewordanswer
14th May 2005, 08:01
Even more depressing would be if we killed off the species without even knowing it existed

I thought knowingly allowing species to die was worse ???
Like Tigers, Rhino and the people of Dafur:E