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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...

2005-06-22 12:45:00

A tiny fossil found more than 10 years ago in central Alberta has proved to be the key to answering a long unsolved evolutionary question, say researchers from the University of Alberta. Back in 1991, Dr. Richard Fox and his research team found a 60 million year-old incomplete skull fossil that they now believe is the first evidence of an extinct mammal with a venom delivery apparatus. The research will be published June 23, 2005 in Nature. "Our discovery shows that mammals have been much...


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Solenodon, Solenodontidae
2014-10-01 12:40:57

Solenodontida is a family that holds four species of solenodons, mammals that are known to be venomous, which can be found in Cuba and on the island of Hispaniola. The Hispaniolan solenodon can be found in a variety of habitats including highland forests and lowland dry forests. Both species resemble shrews in that they have long noses, hairless feet, scaly tails and small eyes. They reach an average length between eleven and thirteen inches, with Cuban solenodons often growing smaller than...

Hispaniolan Hutia, Plagiodontia aedium
2012-07-02 14:55:49

The Hispaniolan hutia (Plagiodontia aedium) is a species of hutia, sometimes known as the zagouti or jutía in Spanish. It is the only species of hutia still in existence. Its range, as well as the ranges of its extinct relations, is restricted to an island shared by The Dominican Republic and Haiti called Hispaniola. Other species are currently being classified as subspecies of the Hispaniolan hutia. Typically, the Hispaniolan hutia prefers a habitat within forests. It digs burrows in...

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2007-07-16 16:18:12

The Hispaniolan Solenodon (Solenodon paradoxus), also known as the Haitian Solenodon or Agouta, is a solenodon found only on the island of Hispaniola, part of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Currently, the solenodon may only be surviving in two places in the Dominican Republic: Jaragua and Del Este National Parks. Its presence in Los Haitises National Park is inferred but unconfirmed. It was discovered in 1833. The Hispaniolan Solenodon belongs to the order Soricomorpha and the family...

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2007-01-19 11:47:34

The Cuban Solenodon (Solenodon cubanus), known as the Almiqui in Cuba, is a soricomorph native to Cuba. It belongs to the family Solenodontidae along with a similar species, the Hispaniola Solenodon (Solenodon paradoxus). The solenodon is unusual among mammals in that its saliva is venomous. Appearance With small eyes, and dark brown to black hair, it is sometimes compared to a shrew. It most closely resembles members of the family Tenrecidae, of Madagascar. It is 16 to 22 inches (40...

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cacodemon
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
  • A nightmare.
  • In astrology, the twelfth house of a scheme or figure of the heavens: so called from its signifying dreadful things, such as secret enemies, great losses, imprisonment, etc.
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