Monday, April 24, 2017
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

New elephant shrew discovered in Namibia


Posted on Saturday, 28 June, 2014 | Comment icon 16 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 (16)

Tags: Shrew, Elephant


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #7 Posted by bulveye on 30 June, 2014, 11:40
cute Aw, he's adorable! If you think that is cute, check out these Sugar Gliders :- you'll possibly die from a cuteness overdose.
Comment icon #8 Posted by SaraT on 30 June, 2014, 12:26
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.
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
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
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.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Rei4ever on 4 August, 2014, 14:53
The living descendant of leptictidium....


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
Forum posts:
Forum topics:
Members:

5891338
253362
166839

 
Voynich manuscript 'written in two languages'
4-24-2017
Russian scholars have been making headway in deciphering the pages of the mysterious medieval text.
Japan's 'burning pavement' mystery solved
4-23-2017
Authorities in Japan have determined how a stretch of city pavement has been burning people's feet.
Pigeon makes its nest inside woman's kitchen
4-23-2017
When Genevieve Roman returned to her apartment recently she discovered that she had a new roommate.
Fossilized dinosaur eggs unearthed in China
4-23-2017
Discovered near Foshan in the southeast of the country, the eggs date back over 70 million years.
Featured Videos
Gallery icon 
Boiling water meets freezing air
Posted 4-24-2017 | 0 comments
A look at what happens when you throw boiling water out in to the freezing Russian winter air.
 
Cave-dwelling spiders
Posted 4-23-2017 | 3 comments
A new species of spider has been found living in caves and mine shafts in Mexico.
 
The human bridge of musicality
Posted 4-22-2017 | 1 comment
A look at how the human brain perceives the concept of music and how it is processed.
 
Swarm of locusts
Posted 4-21-2017 | 0 comments
A look at the extreme destructive power of an enormous swarm of desert locusts.
 
Lawrence Krauss on optimism
Posted 4-20-2017 | 0 comments
Physicist Lawrence Krauss discusses the fact that the universe doesn't care about us at all.
 
 View: More videos
Stories & Experiences
Grandpa's visit
4-14-2017 | Portugal
 
Mysterious dog
4-14-2017 | Utah
 
A night to remember
4-14-2017 | Philippines
 
 
Am I going crazy ?
3-30-2017 | South Africa
 
 
Sleep paralysis or my father ?
3-30-2017 | Los Angeles
 
My nightly occurrences
2-28-2017 | Manchester, UK
 
Saved by a stranger
2-7-2017 | Green River Wyoming
 
Spooky sense
2-4-2017 | India
 

         More stories | Send us your story
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 Unexplained-Mysteries.com © 2001-2017
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ