BBC reports new mammal discovery

Rhynochocyon udzungwensis (Image: BBC News)(Image: BBC News)

A new species of mammal has been discovered in the mountains of Tanzania, scientists report.The bizarre-looking creature, dubbed Rhynochocyon udzungwensis, is a type of giant elephant shrew, or sengi.The cat-sized animal, which is reported in the Journal of Zoology, looks like a cross between a miniature antelope and a small ant eater.

It has a grey face, a long, flexible snout, a bulky, amber body, a jet-black rump and it stands on spindly legs.

“This is one of the most exciting discoveries of my career,” said Galen Rathbun, from the California Academy of Sciences, who helped to confirm the animal was new to science along with and international team of colleagues.

More here. Interesting discovery. God that thing is ugly.

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