Scientists have discovered a new mammal called macro-skele-dies micas. The creature is so tiny, it looks like a rat, but appearances aside it’s actually more closely related to elephants.
Scientists have discovered a new mammal called macro-skele-dies micas.
The creature is so tiny and it looks like a rat but its related to some other unexpected animal.
“They found it by accident. It has four legs, its related to elephants and can fit in the palm of your hand.” [Via KPIX]
Two Bay Area scientists worked together to classify the new species. Doctor Galen Rathburn was the first to stumble across the animal.
He had been exploring the desert in Namibia when he spotted one. Rathburn was curious, so he scooped it up and brought it to a geneticist to figure out what it could be.
The animal was placed into the care of Dr. Jack Dumbacher who is the curator of ornithology and mammalogy at the California Academy of Sciences. Jack ran some genetic tests to determine the species.
He remarked “For some groups of organisms, they are constantly describing new species but for mammals its rare… When we sequenced the DNA and looked at them a little more closely, we said this thing is really different.”
The species is said to be a cross between a ‘miniature antelope and an anteater’. The long-nosed furry creatures eat insects, are monogamous and give birth to twins or triplets.