Scientists Discover New Mammal Species As Tiny As A Mouse But Genetically Related To Elephants

June 28, 2014 6:21 AM

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Scientists Discover New Mammal Species As Tiny As A Mouse But Genetically Related To Elephants

In the remote deserts of southern Africa, scientists have discovered a new mammal species, which resembles a mouse but carries genes that are related to elephants.

The new species of round-eared sengi, or elephant shrew, is the native of the far-off northwestern region of Namibia, and is said to be the smallest known member of the 19 sengis in the order Macroscelidea. The animal, with the scientific name Macroscelides micus, has rust-colored fur, allowing it t...

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