Is It A Tiny Elephant? Or Is It A Round-Eared Mouse?

June 30, 2014 10:14 AM

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Is It A Tiny Elephant? Or Is It A Round-Eared Mouse?

A group of researchers from the California Academy of Sciences has discovered a new species of the elephant shrew in the Namib Desert. It is called the Macroscelides micus and though it is small and mouse like, it had a protruding snout and round ears, much similar to an elephant.

Though the contrast in the sizes of a mouse and an elephant is really a stark one, it is their similar physical features which have drawn the attention of researchers. However, the similarity ends there. Though the name, elephant shrew or sengis suggests that the creature is a tiny elephant, it actu...

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