Posts tagged animals
The Brain Scoop: The Hero Shrew
We are so lucky to have a wonderful research staff here at The Field Museum. It’s not uncommon for me to ask someone what they’re working on, and for the casual response to be, “oh, we’re describing a new species. Want to see it?!” That is exactly what inspired today’s episode. Bill Stanley showed me this previously undescribed hero shrew anomaly back in April, before it was ever published in a scientific journal. It’s amazing discoveries like Thor’s hero shrew that make me so glad I can use The Brain Scoop to share these fascinating scientific contributions with the rest of the world!
Check out more photos of all of the shrew examples in these previous posts here!
This is fascinating! Got to love the hero shrew.
Your kids asked, so we asked the experts!
Q: Why don’t fish get water in their eyes? Find out the answer!
As far as humans go, we don’t have a lot of features that make us stand out. Sure, there’s the large brain, upright gait and opposable thumbs. But otherwise there aren’t many physiological features that call special attention to our species compared to others in the animal kingdom. Browse gallery!
Who was the first human to pester a swan, pick up a poison dart frog, or cuddle a kangaroo? That name has been lost in prehistory, but the ill-advised tradition continues. Nearly daily we get reports of humans getting the business end of what, at first blush, appear to be oversized pets.