Agriculture
Earth-Friendly Fabrics
Growing Healthier Tomato Plants
Treating peanut allergy bit by bit
Amphibians
Toads
Salamanders
Salamanders and Newts
Animals
Hot Pepper, Hot Spider
Putting a Mouse on Pause
No Fair: Monkey Sees, Doesn't
Behavior
Swedish Rhapsody
Fish needs see-through head
Hitting the redo button on evolution
Birds
Parrots
Blue Jays
Swifts
Chemistry and Materials
Bang, Sparkle, Burst, and Boom
Bandages that could bite back
Supersonic Splash
Computers
Toxic Dirt + Avian Flu = Science Fair Success
A New Look at Saturn's rings
It's a Small E-mail World After All
Dinosaurs and Fossils
Big Fish in Ancient Waters
Fossil Forests
A Dino King's Ancestor
E Learning Jamaica
E Learning in Jamaica WIN PRIZES and try our Fun Animated Games
Results of GSAT are in schools this week
2014 GSAT Results for Jamaican Kids
Earth
Life under Ice
Snowflakes and Avalanches
A Volcano's Deadly Ash
Environment
Forests as a Tsunami Shield
Cactus Goo for Clean Water
Will Climate Change Depose Monarchs?
Finding the Past
Traces of Ancient Campfires
Digging Up Stone Age Art
Fakes in the museum
Fish
Codfish
Nurse Sharks
Whale Sharks
Food and Nutrition
Symbols from the Stone Age
Yummy bugs
Chew for Health
GSAT English Rules
Adjectives and Adverbs
Whoever vs. Whomever
Finding Subjects and Verbs
GSAT Exam Preparation Jamaica
GSAT Scholarship
E Learning in Jamaica WIN PRIZES and try our Fun Animated Games
Preparing for the GSAT Exam
GSAT Exams Jamaica Scholarships
Results of GSAT are in schools this week
42,000 students will sit for the GSAT Exam in two weeks
GSAT Practice Papers | GSAT Mathematics | Maths
GSAT Mathematics
GSAT Mathematics Quiz, Teaching Math, teaching anxiety
GSAT Practice Papers | GSAT Mathematics | Maths
How to Slice a Cake Fairly
Human Body
Workouts: Does Stretching Help?
Cell Phone Tattlers
A Better Flu Shot
Invertebrates
Crustaceans
Mollusks
Termites
Mammals
Hamsters
Golden Retrievers
Echidnas
Parents
Choosing a Preschool: What to Consider
Children and Media
The Surprising Meaning and Benefits of Nursery Rhymes
Physics
Gaining a Swift Lift
IceCube Science
Electric Backpack
Plants
Fungus Hunt
A Giant Flower's New Family
Getting the dirt on carbon
Reptiles
Iguanas
Pythons
Rattlesnakes
Space and Astronomy
A Smashing Display
Cool as a Jupiter
The two faces of Mars
Technology and Engineering
Machine Copy
Weaving with Light
Toy Challenge
The Parts of Speech
What is a Noun
What is a Preposition?
Pronouns
Transportation
Flying the Hyper Skies
Revving Up Green Machines
Are Propellers Fin-ished?
Weather
Arctic Melt
The solar system's biggest junkyard
The Best Defense Is a Good Snow Fence
Add your Article

New Elephant-Shrew

Feb. 6, 2008 The world is full of quirky creatures, and the elephant-shrew is a perfect example. These furry, long-nosed animals resemble a mix between miniature antelopes, anteaters, and rodents, says Galen Rathbun of the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. Even though their name and appearance suggest otherwise, elephant-shrews are more closely related to aardvarks, sea cows, and elephants than they are to shrews. Now, scientists have found the largest species of elephant-shrew yet. At about 1.5 pounds (700 grams), the newly discovered animal is slightly bigger than a gray squirrel. The find is especially exciting because more than a century has passed since scientists last discovered a completely new species of elephant-shrew. With the discovery, the count of elephant-shrew species now stands at sixteen. Called Rhynchocyon udzungwensis, the newly found creature joins a group of three other giant elephant-shrews, all of which are bigger and more varied in color than their mousier cousins. R. udzungwensis has a grey face, a black rump, and a brown back. In 2005, Italian researchers first captured pictures of the new animal by mistake. Francesco Rovero of the Trento Museum of Natural Sciences and his colleagues were working in Tanzania's Udzungwa Mountains, and they set up a camera to survey small forest antelopes. Instead, the unmanned camera snapped images of a giant elephant-shrew that looked like a new species. One year later, Rovero, Rathbun, and other scientists set off on an expedition to search for the mysterious creature. After hiking through the African jungle for half an hour, they were surprised to find an elephant-shrew lying on the path. Indeed, it was the new species they were looking for. With traditional African snares, the researchers were able to trap four of the animals. The scientists also found leaf piles that the giant elephant-shrews nestle in to sleep. So far, scientists know of only two populations of the new creature. Both groups live within an area measuring just 300 square kilometers (115 square miles). A variety of other rare creatures, including unusual kinds of shrews, monkeys, amphibians, and reptiles, lives in the same region. The researchers hope their new discovery will help boost protection of Tanzania's unique forests.—Emily Sohn

New Elephant-Shrew
New Elephant-Shrew








Designed and Powered by HBJamaica.com™