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New sengi species is related to an elephant, but small as a mouse
New sengi species is related to an elephant, but small as a mouse

It may look like a mouse, but it’s actually related to an elephant. Meet the adorable Etendeka round-eared sengi, a newly discovered species of "elephant shrew" that lives in an isolated part of Namibia. Known formally as Macroscelides micus, this diminutive sengi sports pinkish skin underneath its hair and a long, almost trunk-like "proboscis"; it can stick its little tongue several millimeters beyond its long snout. Newly described in the Journal of Mammalogy, it's the smallest of the 19 known sengi species, stretching about 7.3 inches long and weighing less than an ounce. The sengi are known to mate for life, and scientists study their monogamous...

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