Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Look closely, Cryptos - Awesome new mammal discovered!

Elephant shrews are peculiar monsters, looking as if someone tried to draw a cross between an elephant and a deer and messed up. We have one at the Louisville Zoo and, along with its hyrax roommate, it comprises one of the zoo's more fascinating exhibits. Well, a new species of elephant shrew, a giant elephant shrew no less, has been discovered in Tanzania. Giant is a relative term here - the critter is around the size of a house cat- but this is still fascinating because it's pretty rare to see the discovery of a new kind of mammal. The article about the discovery is here, and I got the link from this thread on the Internet Infidels Discussion Board.

The point of this, I think, is to illustrate that science is still looking for new creatures, not resting on its laurels with its hands over its eyes as some cryptozoologists seem to think. Think about it for a moment- something as tiny and obscure as a new species of elephant shrew deep in the wilds of Tanzania has now been uncovered by a small team of dedicated scientific researchers, whereas all the pseudoscientists and would-be Indiana Jones-es out there have still yet to uncover solid evidence of the holy trinity of Sasquatch, the Loch Ness Monster, and El Chupacabra.

I wonder why...?

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