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New Species Of Great Cat Found 51

Posted by samzenpus
from the don't-pet-the-kitty dept.
highwaytohell writes "Scientists have found a new species of leopard on Borneo and Sumatra. The Bornean Clouded Leopard or Neofelis Diardi was originally thought to be similar to the mainland Clouded Leopard. However, Dr Stephen O'Brien, Head of the Laboratory of Genomic Diversity, US National Cancer Institute says, "Genetic research results clearly indicate that the clouded leopards of Borneo should be considered a separate species, DNA tests highlighted around 40 differences between the two species." The news comes just a few weeks after a WWF report showed that scientists had identified at least 52 new species of animals and plants over the past year on Borneo."
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New Species Of Great Cat Found

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  • finally! (Score:2, Funny)

    by User 956 (568564)
    The news comes just a few weeks after a WWF report showed that scientists had identified at least 52 new species of animals and plants over the past year on Borneo.

    Ah ha! so that's what the rock is cooking!
    • Re:finally! (Score:4, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 15, 2007 @01:52AM (#18358675)

      they've been the WWE for years and the Rock's been gone for almost as long.

      posting anonymously for shame of knowing this...

      • Re:finally! (Score:5, Interesting)

        by CastrTroy (595695) on Thursday March 15, 2007 @08:57AM (#18360587) Homepage
        I still call it the WWF. I think its completely ridiculous that a wildlife fund and a wrestling federation can't share a trademark. Trademarks are only supposed to be exclusive for organizations in the same field. This is why Apple continues to be allowed to sell music, as long as they don't produce music, which would make them in conflict with Apple records.
        • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

          by stratjakt (596332)
          Apple Computer signed an agreement with Apple Records in the 1970s not to ever produce, publish, distribute or sell music, in order to keep the trademark.

          Apple Records doesn't have the resources to follow through on the iTunes suit, although they did file one, and are 100% in the right.

          • by HTH NE1 (675604)

            Apple Computer signed an agreement with Apple Records in the 1970s not to ever produce, publish, distribute or sell music, in order to keep the trademark.

            Apple Records doesn't have the resources to follow through on the iTunes suit, although they did file one, and are 100% in the right.

            I'm guessing you missed the news [wikipedia.org]:

            On 5 February 2007, Apple Inc. and Apple Corps announced a settlement of their trademark dispute under which Apple Inc. will own all of the trademarks related to "Apple" and will license certa

            • by geekoid (135745)
              And it was still stupid to ahve to come to that agreement.
              The intent of trademark is clear:To uniquely identify a brand within an industry.

              Gah, stupid people.
  • by zappepcs (820751) on Thursday March 15, 2007 @01:34AM (#18358549) Journal
    Is this another Apple viral marketing campaign?
  • They can make another release now.
  • by ravenshrike (808508) on Thursday March 15, 2007 @02:05AM (#18358721)
    KITTY!!! And now back to you regularly scheduled Slashdot postings.
  • Just great.... (Score:1, Redundant)

    by Cervantes (612861)
    Just great...
    Tomorrow morning, Jobs starts working on yet ANOTHER version update of MacOS. "Hey everybody, they found a new cat, we can finally do that new version we've been planning!"
  • by Whiney Mac Fanboy (963289) * <whineymacfanboy@gmail.com> on Thursday March 15, 2007 @02:56AM (#18358923) Homepage Journal
    TFA states:

    "For over a hundred years we have been looking at this animal and never realized it was unique.
    No new species has been found, an existing one could be reclassified into two seperate species.
    • by Cheapy (809643)
      It was found out that the animal was unique. So drop a few words...and a new animal has been found!
    • by Moraelin (679338) on Thursday March 15, 2007 @05:02AM (#18359425) Journal
      So it just had the same mesh and texture, but was a different species? Good to see that God takes the same shortcuts Blizzard does. Can't blame Him, though. I mean, have you seen the kind of polygon count and texture resolution these things have? Oooer. It must cost a mint to model a new one, so some reuse is kinda expected ;)

      Makes me wonder why He didn't just write the NPCs name above their head, though. I mean, it kinda defeats the purpose of trying to pass it off as a new species, if noone can tell.

      And while I'm at it, how about an exclamation mark above quest-giver's heads, please? Talking to everyone in town works when you have 6 NPCs total in the town, like in old NES RPGs, but not when there's a million of them. Plus, they're starting to look funny at me when I ask them if they have a quest.
      • by DeadChobi (740395)
        At least you don't have to crawl through internet message boards looking for rumors. I really wish the denizens would take a hint and color the rumor text red so that I can go down to Kuzunoha and tell him I want that one spread without worrying about whether it's really a rumor.

        BTW, did you hear that Trish sells ice cream?
    • So we've found two new species? But that means one has become extinct!!
      Man really is destroying the ecosystem!
    • I appreciate that exact communication is neither possible nor desirable on Slashdot but I do feel that if you are going to be pedantic you should pretty much be able to spell 'pedantry' correctly.

      'Pendantry' could mean any of the following:

      "The art of creating things to hang on necklaces"
      "Like infantry, only with pends instead of infs"
      "The act of writing 'Patent Pending' on every silly darn product your company makes"

      I bet I have the perfect meaning for it, though:

      Pendantry: The the act of publically corre
  • by hedgemage (934558) on Thursday March 15, 2007 @03:35AM (#18359067)
    So... how long before its extinct due to people harvesting its organs for aphrodisiacs?
  • 17 of 15? (Score:4, Funny)

    by lahvak (69490) on Thursday March 15, 2007 @03:56AM (#18359155) Homepage Journal
    "Science: New Species Of Great Cat Found 17 of 15 comments"

    What the heck? Is that a new species of math?
  • by dunkelfalke (91624) on Thursday March 15, 2007 @04:21AM (#18359241)
    i'd rather call it "smoke jaguar".
    • What, to make sure it became extinct???
    • by J05H (5625)
      "Smoke Jaguar" would be most appropriate for a new American great cat, since it's an old Maya king's name. Ancient trans-Pacific contacts aside, Borneo is a very different place.
  • Great (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 15, 2007 @04:58AM (#18359401)
    You just know that somewhere, there is a fashion designer that decides that a glove made of the eyelashes of that animal is going to be the hottest thing next show, because that environment thing is so in right now. Or a thousand old Chinese millionaires who thinks that the powdered penis of this is finally going to cure their impotency.
    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      It is sad that such a graceful animal be wasted on making coats or other fashion items.

      It is obvious that its lithe physique has promising potential for exotic cuisine.
      • by Sobrique (543255)
        Sadly not, the meat of a carnivore is generally rather unpleasant in flavour. Not that that necessarily stops anyone, but it's no accident that if you go to any restaurant, your 'meat' is almost exclusively herbivores.
  • A video of the new species on this page [panda.org].
  • "Oh, and there is ONE MORE THING"

    "Introducing... Mac OS X point SEVEN... Bornean Clouded Leopard!"

    "With the POWER you've come to expect from Mac OS X point SIX Liger... and a BRAND NEW USER INTERFACE!!"

  • Sounds like this is BigKitty v1.2 not 2.0....

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