Saturday, September 18, 2010

A New Shrew: Elephant shrew discovered in Kenya

The world's newest mammal species (if confirmed as such) is a gray 600g rodent with a long (indeed, rather silly-looking) nose. Galen Rathbun of the California Academy of Sciences said, "It is always exciting to describe a new species - a necessary precursor for ensuring that the animals are protected." This would be the 18th species of elephant shrew, or sengai.

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