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Tiny Hero Shrew Has Extraordinary Strength
2013-07-25 04:14:46

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists say they have discovered a new species of one of the most bizarre mammals on the planet. A team from Chicago's Field Museum, along with international collaborators, said in the journal Biology Letters that they have identified a new species of Hero Shrew. This new species, named Scutisorex thori, possesses characteristics that have allowed scientists to come up with a novel hypothesis for the function of the animals' crazy...

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...

Diving Shrews Warm Up Before Taking The Plunge
2012-07-05 04:30:05

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online According to research presented July 1 at the Society for Experimental Biology meeting, American water shrews rapidly raise their body temperature just before diving deep into icy waters. This finding has surprised researchers because normally, lower body temperatures enable diving mammals to stay underwater for longer, so heating up doesn't make sense. This is because animals use up oxygen more quickly when they are warmer....

2012-02-21 21:09:23

Some of Ireland's oldest inhabitants are facing serious threat and possible extinction because of foreign species, according to researchers at Queen's University. The red squirrel, Irish hare and red deer are just some of Ireland's indigenous species which are under threat as a result of the introduction of foreign species. A new study which took place over the last two years looked at the impact of two introduced species — the bank vole and greater white toothed shrew — on two...

2011-02-21 11:00:00

DENVER, Feb. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- SHREWS Ltd from the UK, will present, and also on behalf of Precision Pipe and Vessel LLC (PPV) of the USA, at CleanEquity Conference in Monaco 2011 on March 3rd & 4th at the Sporting d'Hiver, Monaco. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110214/CL47472LOGO ) SHREWS and PPV, as two inspiring cleantech companies who cooperate closely in delivering EfW projects, were included by expert selection, to present to industry-specific, senior...

2010-11-16 19:15:44

First study to show that elephant-shrews consume the nectar and pollinate the Pagoda lily Long-nosed Cape rock elephant-shrews are fond of sticky treats, according to Dr. Petra Wester from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. Her investigations show for the first time that the elephant-shrew, Elephantulus edwardii, licks the nectar of the flowers and pollinates the Pagoda lily. Her results are published in Springer's journal, Naturwissenschaften "“ The Science of Nature. Dr....

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2010-09-22 07:25:00

Researchers may have discovered a new species of the giant elephant shrew in a remote Kenyan forest. The scientists said on Tuesday that they captured images of the shrew on camera-traps in the Boni-Dodori forest along Kenya's northeastern coast while they were researching biodiversity.  "It is believed to be a new species of giant sengi, otherwise known as an elephant shrew (Macroscelidea)," the conservationists from the Zoological Society of London and the Kenya Wildlife Services...

2009-03-01 13:55:57

The National Zoo says an elephant shrew was born and resided at the Washington tourist site for several weeks before zoo staff finally noticed it. The zoo said in a statement that Small Mammal House workers did not know it had been born until they saw three elephant shrews in the exhibit instead of two, The Washington Post reported Sunday. The infant shrew, which mammal house keepers estimate was likely born sometime in late January, has been enjoying a steady diet of crickets since being...

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2009-01-09 13:10:00

Researchers have released new footage of one of the world's rarest mammals "“ a giant shrew-like creature that packs a venomous bite.Discovered in the Caribbean, the Hispaniolan solenodon resembles a large shrew with a long thin snout. The insect-eating mammal can be found only in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, researchers say. "My colleagues were excited and thrilled when they found it in the trap," said Dr Richard Young, from Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust."But despite a...

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2008-04-28 13:15:48

Dave Tosh, from the School of Biological Sciences at Queens University, found the greater white-toothed shrew in Tipperary and Limerick while working with University College Cork and BirdWatch Ireland. Its natural range is in parts of Africa, France and Germany and before now the closest it has been spotted to Ireland is in the Channel Islands.As part of his PhD, Dave was studying the diet of the Barn Owl in Ireland. Last winter John Lusby, Barn Owl Research Officer from Bird Watch Ireland,...


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North American Least Shrew, Cryptotis parva
2012-05-02 11:32:22

The North American least shrew (Cryptotis parva) has a range including Mexico, the United States, and southern Canada. It has been found in a small population at Long Point in Ontario Canada. This shrew prefers to nest in meadows, mesic grasslands, fields, and marshes. As with most shrews, the North American least Shrew prefers moist habitats, but it will also nest in dryer areas. Its habitat is dependent on vegetation that allows for insects for its diet. At three inches long maximum, the...

Baird's Shrew, Sorex bairdi
2012-04-25 12:06:46

Baird’s shrew (Sorex bairdi) is a native species to northwest Oregon, inhabiting mainly conifer forests. These shrews live around six other species of shrew, and have one subspecies, Sorex bairdi permiliensis. Baird’s shrew is darker in the winter, with a reddish brown or beige-brown fur color. On each side of the shrew, and the belly, the fur is paler. There is no difference in size between males and females, as is common among shrews, and the average body length can be between 4.9 to...

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2007-06-25 09:29:23

The Common Treeshrew, Tupaia glis, is a small mammal in the family Tupaiidae. It is distributed throughout Southeast Asia. It is found in the lowland rainforests of Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and nearby islands. Widespread throughout its habitat range, the Common Treeshrew is evaluated as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. The body length averages between 6.3 and 8.3 inches and the weight is around 6.7 ounces. Upper parts are various colors of olive, reddish...

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2007-06-25 09:28:04

The Madras Treeshrew, Anathana ellioti, also known as the Indian Treeshrew, is found in the hill forests of central and southern India. This species is named after Sir Walter Elliot of the Indian Civil Services in Madras. This treeshrew is 6.3 to 7.3 inches long with a tail 6.5 to 7.75 inches long. It is easily separated from the squirrels in the field by the shape and color of the tail and the upward curve in which it is held when walking about. Much of its time is spent on the ground or...

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2007-06-25 08:19:07

The Golden-rumped Elephant Shrew, Rhynchocyon chrysopygus, is a species of elephant shrew native to Africa and only found in the coastal Arabuko Sokoke National Park located north of Mombassa in Kenya. It lives on the forest floor mainly around evergreens. It is the largest member of the shrew family. This shrew is named for the conspicuous golden fur on its hindquarters which contrasts greatly with its otherwise dark fur. It is a very fast creature, capable of running at 15 mph. In the...

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