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(The Raw Story)   Newly discovered shrew looks like a mouse, acts like an antelope - and related to elephants. Even Darwin would be a bit confused by this one   (rawstory.com) divider line 18
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2014-06-28 12:54:34 AM
That's pretty cool. Great job, Africa!
 
2014-06-28 01:41:13 AM
 
2014-06-28 01:58:04 AM
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Also related to elephants. Took that pic myself.
 
2014-06-28 02:20:51 AM
So you're saying at some point there was a threeway involving a mouse, antelope, and elephant?

/hawt
 
2014-06-28 02:33:46 AM
Like the platypus, just proves that God got a little high on the seventh day and started getting creative.
 
2014-06-28 02:33:55 AM
Don't you dare make me wild like you
 
2014-06-28 03:36:10 AM
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2014-06-28 03:36:54 AM
Ach, meant that as a reply to  dookdookdook.
 
2014-06-28 05:37:50 AM
The important question is, can my cat chase it and deliver it, stunned and quite alive thank you, to me on my chest while I try to sleep?
 
2014-06-28 07:34:23 AM
It's been known for a long time that the elephant shrew is (distantly) related to elephants. Still cool, though.
 
2014-06-28 08:29:10 AM

yukichigai: The important question is, can my cat chase it and deliver it, stunned and quite alive thank you, to me on my chest while I try to sleep?


The second most important question is, how does it taste, and what's the best way to cook it?
 
2014-06-28 08:33:55 AM
So is 'shrew' just a catch-all term for 'small, four-legged animal that isn't like the stuff we've already found?'  Because there seems to be a pretty dramatic variety of animals called 'shrews'.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hero_shrew has got to be one of the single coolest mammals in existance, but aside from being small, fuzzy, and bony, what does it have in common with this new one?
 
2014-06-28 08:40:37 AM

dookdookdook: So you're saying at some point there was a threeway involving a mouse, antelope, and elephant?

/hawt


Yeah.  It looked like a turducken made by Richard Gere.

/mantephant?
 
2014-06-28 10:31:07 AM

Kurohone: So is 'shrew' just a catch-all term for 'small, four-legged animal that isn't like the stuff we've already found?' Because there seems to be a pretty dramatic variety of animals called 'shrews'.


Shrew functionally means a mouse sized insect eater. They used to be members of  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Insectivora but that has been cleaned up and renamed http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eulipotyphla which contains true shrews, moles, and hedgehogs, while other false shrews got classified closer to elephants or primates.
 
2014-06-28 11:22:43 AM
Is it tame?
 
2014-06-28 11:24:55 AM

Peki: Like the platypus, just proves that God got a little high on the seventh day and started getting creative.


I would say it's just the opposite. God created all the unique stuff, all the good ideas, then towards the end, he got lazy and just started mixing things together.

What is this on my day of rest and I still need more animals? Fine. You get foot of rabbit, tooth of salamander, fluffy tail, and .... two penises. Enjoy.
 
2014-06-28 04:33:51 PM

Kurohone: So is 'shrew' just a catch-all term for 'small, four-legged animal that isn't like the stuff we've already found?' Because there seems to be a pretty dramatic variety of animals called 'shrews'.


Some of them are quite vicious. They are just about impossible to domesticate.

www.leninimports.com
 
2014-06-29 01:19:03 AM
ahem...funny he doesn't look shrewish
 
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