elephant shrew

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elephant shrew

n
(Animals) any small active African mammal of the family Macroscelididae and order Macroscelidea, having an elongated nose, large ears, and long hind legs
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The small family of elephant shrews or sengis (order Macroscelidea) represents a monophyletic radiation endemic to Africa and which was long placed within the polyphyletic group 'Insectivora' (Rathbun & Rathbun, 2006).
(1984): Macroscelidea, Insectivora and Chiroptera from the Miocene of East Africa.
Contributors discuss George Gaylord Simpson and the history of paleomammalogy, anatomical evidence for superordinal/ordinal eutherian taxa in the cretaceous, molecular evidence for major placental clades, insectivoran-grade placentals, and characteristics of macroscelidea & tubulidentata, paenungulata, xenarthra & pholidota, euarchonta, glires, chiroptera, carnivora, perissodactyla, artiodactyla, and cetacea.