We’re not like regular hedgehogs. We’re soft-furred.
Five new species of soft-furred hedgehogs from Southeast Asia have been identified in a study led by Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History scientists. The study described two entirely new species of soft-furred hedgehogs and elevated three subspecies to the level of species. At home in the tropical rainforests of Southeast Asia, these soft-furred hedgehogs don't have spines but do sport pointy snouts.
The study relied on international collaboration among scientists and included applying modern techniques such as DNA analysis to a specimen that had been in the Smithsonian's collection for 84 years.
New mammal species are rarely found—but this discovery proves that there's always more to learn, especially about smaller nocturnal animals.
📷: Quentin Martinez, www.quentinmartinez.fr, all rights reserved.
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