Thursday, August 14, 2014

Which Species is The Elephant Shrew Really Related To?

Elephant Shrews are small mammals that only eat insects and are native to Africa. Elephant Shrews resemble rodents or opossums and have scaly tails, elongated snouts are relatively long legs for their size. These long legs are used to move in a hopping fashion much like rabbits. 

Elephant Shrews have been, in the past, classified with shrews and hedgehogs and lumped in with hares and rabbits. However, new evidence shows that the Elephant Shrew is related to mammals such as golden moles, aardvarks and even elephants!

The Elephant Shrew is more closely related to elephants than shrews!