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New elephant shrew discovered in Namibia

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Scientists have identified a new species of shrew which possesses a trunk like that of an elephant.

Despite its tiny size, the bizarre looking elephant shrew is actually more closely related to its namesake than to mice.

Read More: http://www.unexplained-mysteries.com/news/268392/new-elephant-shrew-discovered-in-namibia

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QUOTE-

it’s exciting to think

that there are still small areas of

the world where even the mammal

fauna is unknown and waiting to be

explored," said Dr Jack Dumbacher.

.

ain't that the truth!

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Posted (edited)

Wipe out all the megafauna and in a couple of million years this little creature's descendants might look remarkably like elephants. There are, all over the world, all sorts of small animals, each ready to fill an abandoned ecological niche should the opportunity present itself. South America is replete with small to medium sized species that seem in the very process of stepping up.

Edited by John Wesley Boyd
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cute

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Aw, he's adorable!

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They must have some weird looking elephants in Namibia.

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Wouldn't be much room in the howdah either. I reckon it would make tiger hunting quite enlivening though!

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cute

Aw, he's adorable!

If you think that is cute, check out these Sugar Gliders :-

you'll possibly die from a cuteness overdose.
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If you think that is cute, check out these Sugar Gliders :-

you'll possibly die from a cuteness overdose.

Yes they're adorable as well! I could overdose on cuteness this morning. :)

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I read an item today that pointed out that the relationship between these non-shrews and elephants is grossly exaggerated, and that about the only thing further away on the evolutionary scale are real shrews.

These little buggers have noses like that for eating ants and the proboscis evolved independently of elephant trunks.

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He looks friendly enough.

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*commence someone making a sonic character out of this in 3...2...1..*I digress, this thing is so CUTE :D

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Awww...I concur, he'd make an adorable little video game character! Soooo CUTE!

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Am I bad for wondering what one tastes like on a sandwich?

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That is sooo cute. Not to be mean but did any body notice his name sounds make up Jack Dumbacher

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They must have some weird looking elephants in Namibia.

Look at the platypus. A mammal that lays eggs and has venomous back claws. WTH nature.

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The living descendant of leptictidium....

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