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New elephant shrew discovered in Namibia


Posted on Saturday, 28 June, 2014 | Comment icon 17 comments

Elephant shrews have a rather odd appearance. Image Credit: PD - ZeWrestler
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.

This latest discovery of a new species in the Namibian desert was made by researchers from the California Academy of Sciences who were studying other specimens in southwestern Africa.

This is now the third new species of elephant shrew to be discovered within the last decade.

"Genetically, Macroscelides micus is very different from other members of the genus and itís 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.

Source: Independent | Comments (17)

Tags: Shrew, Elephant


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #8 Posted by SaraT on 30 June, 2014, 12:26
Yes they're adorable as well! I could overdose on cuteness this morning.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Frank Merton on 30 June, 2014, 12:39
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.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Realm on 1 July, 2014, 5:13
He looks friendly enough.
Comment icon #11 Posted by FizzPuff on 1 July, 2014, 7:46
*commence someone making a sonic character out of this in 3...2...1..*I digress, this thing is so CUTE :D
Comment icon #12 Posted by Lilly on 1 July, 2014, 10:04
Awww...I concur, he'd make an adorable little video game character! Soooo CUTE!
Comment icon #13 Posted by Eldorado on 1 July, 2014, 12:12
Am I bad for wondering what one tastes like on a sandwich?
Comment icon #14 Posted by TheHaunted on 1 July, 2014, 15:09
That is sooo cute. Not to be mean but did any body notice his name sounds make up Jack Dumbacher
Comment icon #15 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: on 23 July, 2014, 19:22
Look at the platypus. A mammal that lays eggs and has venomous back claws. WTH nature.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Rei4ever on 4 August, 2014, 14:53
The living descendant of leptictidium....


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