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Secrets of tiny diving mammals revealed

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Biologists have uncovered the genetic secrets of the world's smallest diving mammals - water shrews.

Using DNA samples to construct an evolutionary tree, scientists revealed that diving behaviour evolved five distinct times in this group of insect-eating mammals.

The ability of these tiny, warm-blooded animals to dive and hunt in freezing water seems to defy evolutionary logic.

The findings are published in the online journal eLife.

Full article at the BBC: Link

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