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Mole And Shrew Differences Is In Their SOX
2012-08-14 10:08:05

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Talpidae is a family of small insectivores which includes the moles, shrew moles, and aquatic desmans. New research has found that the large size of the moles' digging front paws, compared to their feet, is controlled by altered timing of expression of the gene SOX9. This research is published in BioMed Central's open access journal EvoDevo. Adaption to burrowing underground has given Fossorial (digging) moles, which are closely...


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2007-01-19 11:30:53

The Russian Desman (Desmana moschata) is a small semi-aquatic mammal. It inhabits the Volga, Don and Ural River basins in Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan. It constructs burrows into the banks of ponds and slow moving streams. It prefers small, overgrown ponds with abundance of insects and amphibians. The Russian Desman often lives in small (usually non-kin related) groups of 2 to 5 animals. It appears to have a complex (but largely unstudied) communication and social system. The Russian...

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  • A 'bachelor seal'; a young male seal which is prevented from mating by its herd's older males (mated bulls defending their territory).
This comes from the Russian word for 'bachelors.'
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