Monday, October 1, 2012

New Species Discovered in Peru
New species are discovered almost every day around the world, but it is unusual to find so many mammals at the same time. Keep in mind that 'new' only means 'new to science'. The locals have probably known about these species for generations. Also, note that they discovered two species of shrew, but one is a marsupial shrew while the other is a placental shrew. The caption for the small-eared shrew refers to the marsupial shrew as its 'relative'. They are related of course, but the small-eared shrew is more closely related to the monkey and porcupine than it is to the marsupial shrew.

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