Thursday, January 31, 2008

New Mammal Found

A new mammal has been discovered in the mountains of Tanzania.

The Rhynochocyon udzungwensis is a type of giant shrew, also known as a sengi, was caught on camera. Roughly the size of a small housecat, it looks kind of like an anteater, with a long, narrow snout and bristly, rust-colored hair all over its body.

Despite the name, the creature actually is not related to the shrew. Elephant shrews are only found in Africa and the name comes from a mistake made by those who first discovered them, due to their physical similarities to shrews from Europe and America. It really is related to anteaters, however.

© C Harris Lynn, 2008

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