Friday, 26 July 2013

New species of super-strong 'Hero Shrew' discovered

A new species of the mysterious "Hero Shrew" has been discovered in Africa.

Scientists first described the Hero Shrew, nicknamed for its extraordinary strength, over a century ago.

Now for the first time, scientists have found a new, smaller-skulled species of the Hero Shrew which they have called Scutisorex thori.

The authors propose in Royal Society journal: Biology Letters that its unique interlocking vertebrae give it the strength to move large objects.

Invincible in battle

The new species has fewer lower vertebrae and more robust and flattened ribs than its relative.

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