Navigation Links
New species of Hero Shrew found in equatorial Africa
Date:7/23/2013

Scientists at Chicago's Field Museum and international collaborators have described a new species of Hero Shrew the mammal with the most bizarre lower spine on Earth. The interlocking vertebrae of the Hero Shrew render the spine four to five times more robust relative to body mass, a condition not found in any other mammal. The spine has been an enigma to evolutionary biologists, with no known adaptive significance.

This new species of Hero Shrew, named Scutisorex thori, possesses features that may represent intermediate character states between the only other known Hero Shrew species (Scutisorex somereni), and other shrews. In addition, a novel hypothesis for the function of the animal's expanded lower spine has been proposed. The study will be published July 24, 2013 edition of Biology Letters.

First discovered in 1910, the Hero Shrew's most notable feature was not revealed for another seven years, when a specimen was dissected to reveal the most peculiar backbone of any mammal. The remarkable spine of the Hero Shrew is unique among mammals, in that the lower vertebrae have multiple lateral processes that interlock with the processes of neighboring vertebra. The arrangement, along with surrounding musculature, affords the animal extraordinary strength, so much so that the Hero Shrew has traditionally been worn as a talisman.

"This shrew first came to light when explorers came to the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo," said Bill Stanley, Director of Collections and zoologist at the Field Museum. "The explorers watched in amazement as a full-grown man stood on the back of the Hero Shrew, and the animal walked away, unharmed."

Until now, there have been no other species of this bizarre shrew. The new species described in this study represents a possible intermediate between the original Hero Shrew and other shrews, since is possesses an interlocking spine, but with fewer lower v
'/>"/>

Contact: Nancy O'Shea
media@fieldmuseum.org
312-665-7100
Field Museum
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Texas Invasive Species Program established at UT Austin
2. Rare primate species needs habitat help to survive
3. Surprise species at risk from climate change
4. New DNA test on roo poo identifies species
5. UCLA life scientists present new insights on climate change and species interactions
6. Researchers calculate the global highways of invasive marine species
7. Dirty dozen invasive species threaten UK
8. Agencies should use common approach to evaluate risks pesticides pose to endangered species
9. 100+ million mapped (and growing) records of nearly every living US species
10. Scientists look to ancient past to better predict how species may respond climate change
11. Notre Dame researchers are using new technologies to combat invasive species
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:1/22/2015)... 2015   EyeLock, Inc. , a market leader of iris-based ... Gerber to the new role of Senior Vice President ... development of mobile platforms and wearable solutions for EyeLock,s technologies. ... in the semiconductor industry to his role at EyeLock, with ...
(Date:12/24/2014)... , Dec. 23, 2014  Since its launch in December 2014, the ... eliminate the pain of trying to remember their usernames and ... fused to their smartphones. To assist people who have struggled ... company that created 1U and focuses on redefining identity, announced ...
(Date:12/22/2014)... Research and Markets ( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/fx4bg3/the_global ) ... Global Watermarking and Fingerprinting Markets" report to ... This insight provides an overview ... markets. Watermarking aims to control and monitor piracy ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):EyeLock Names Steve Gerber as Senior Vice President of Mobile and Wearables 21U Offers Best Solution to the Username / Password Dilemma: For FREE! 21U Offers Best Solution to the Username / Password Dilemma: For FREE! 3The Global Watermarking and Fingerprinting Markets 2
... evidence of social behavior among many species of animals, both ... lions live in packs, and hornets construct nests that can ... our feet, it appears that nematodesalso known as roundwormsare having ... was unknown how the worms communicate to one another when ...
... years, the growing demand for organic food products has led ... Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen, a European research project ... origin of a food product and deciding whether or not ... such as olive oil, coffee and wine are sold at ...
... two new frog species in New Guinea, one of which is ... in the Jan. 11 issue of the online journal PLoS ... Austin of Louisiana State University. The new smallest vertebrate species ... Papua New Guinea, where it was found. The adult body size ...
Cached Biology News:Worm seeks worm: Caltech researchers find chemical cues driving aggregation in nematodes 2Worm seeks worm: Caltech researchers find chemical cues driving aggregation in nematodes 3Research prevents eco-fraud 2Research prevents eco-fraud 3
(Date:1/22/2015)... , Jan. 22, 2015  Transwestern | RBJ today announces ... of office space for Shire a leading biopharmaceutical company, at ... Transwestern | RBJ,s Robert Richards , president, and ... lease for the entire five-floor building at 95 Hayden Ave. ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... OH (PRWEB) January 22, 2015 Crystal Diagnostics ... today that it has received AOAC-PTM Certifications for the six ... O121, and O145; collectively referred to as STEC or the ... 1 colony forming unit (cfu) per 325 g of raw ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... 22, 2015 Controlled Substance Compliance Services ... helps companies check the legal requirements around using controlled ... China. , As their international operations expand and ... software solutions built as a result of the first ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... DIEGO , Jan. 22, 2015   Cypher ... and Sequenom, Inc. (NASDAQ: SQNM ), ... development agreement for next generation noninvasive prenatal tests ... genome interpretation technology, called Mantis™, to advance analysis ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Transwestern?RBJ Advises Shire in 202,000 SF Lease, Creating Boston's Largest Suburban Biotech Campus 2Crystal Diagnostics Awarded AOAC-PTM Accreditation for the Rapid Detection of “Big 6” E.coli Food Pathogens 2Global Compliance Service for Controlled Substances to Expand to China 2Cypher Genomics and Sequenom Announce Development Agreement 2Cypher Genomics and Sequenom Announce Development Agreement 3Cypher Genomics and Sequenom Announce Development Agreement 4
... Watch out baby boomers, those 8th graders can talk ... curriculum at the tender age of 13, thanks to ... ,The Information Technology Academy (ITA), a joint venture of ... PEOPLE Program (Pre-college Enrichment Opportunity Program for Learning Excellence), ...
... Midwest has been approached by a variety of country ... regional biotech communities. These groups include: , ,1. The Swiss ... Singaporeans ,7. The Danish , ,None, however, have taken ... , ,In at least two previous columns, you have ...
... SoftSwitching Technologies , a high-technology spin-off of the University ... Thursday during the biggest blackout the nation has ever ... said, Near-simultaneous events were recorded in New York and ... spread across the northeastern United States, with the I-Grid ...
Cached Biology Technology:Joint Venture Trains Minority Students for IT Careers 2Joint Venture Trains Minority Students for IT Careers 3Japanese Continue Relentless Biotech Stake in Midwest 2Japanese Continue Relentless Biotech Stake in Midwest 3Japanese Continue Relentless Biotech Stake in Midwest 4Japanese Continue Relentless Biotech Stake in Midwest 5Japanese Continue Relentless Biotech Stake in Midwest 6Japanese Continue Relentless Biotech Stake in Midwest 7Japanese Continue Relentless Biotech Stake in Midwest 8Japanese Continue Relentless Biotech Stake in Midwest 9Local Company Records Blackout with Web-Based Monitoring System 2Local Company Records Blackout with Web-Based Monitoring System 3
Goat polyclonal to XAGE1 ( Abpromise for all tested applications). Antigen: Synthetic peptide: CGFGFRRQGEDNT, corresponding to C terminal amino acids 149-160 of Human XAGE1 Entrez Gene ID: 9...
Goat polyclonal to BACE1 ( Abpromise for all tested applications). entrezGeneID: 23621 SwissProtID: P56817...
MDMA Mouse Monoclonal Antibody (Clone 3G8)...
... anti-phospho-PTEN (Ser385) ... to amino acid region encompassing ... phospho-PTEN (Ser385), ... Quality Assurance: ...
Biology Products: