Fossils of tiny, unknown hedgehog identified

July 8, 2014 7:30 PM

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Meet perhaps the tiniest hedgehog species ever: Silvacola acares. Its roughly 52-million-year-old fossil remains were recently identified by a University of Colorado Boulder-led team working in British Columbia.

The hedgehog's scientific name means "tiny forest dweller," said CU-Boulder Associate Professor Jaelyn Eberle of the geological sciences department, lead author on the study. The creature—a new genus and species to science—was only about 2 inches long, roughly the length of an adult thumb.

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