One can argue that using charismatic animals such as pandas to raise funds that protect far less likable animals (such as the hard-to-love but far more endangered Cuban solenondon, a venomous, shrewlike
mammal) is something of a bait and switch.
Enhanced smell probably gave the first mammals tiny shrewlike
critters the ability to sniff out insects and grubs at night while allowing them to avoid being eaten by stinky dinosaurs, the study authors suggest.
Living millions of years ago, shrewlike
Batodonoides weighed only as much as a dollar bill.
But this grooved jaw belonged to a platypus from a time when mammals supposedly were all simple, shrewlike
creatures that scurried around the shadows of T.
Paleontologists have found spiders, insects and even tiny frogs preserved in the substance - but few experts expected that anything as large as a quarter-pound, insect-eating, shrewlike
creature could be preserved.
Most paleontologists presumed that those tiny, shrewlike
creatures, ecologically marginalized by their reptilian oppressors, thrived only by remaining out of sight.
The reason seems obvious: Mammals from that span were little, shrewlike
creatures, not the sort of animal that prompts children to call instinctively, "Mommy, I want that.
Many animals, including baby mice, bats, porpoises, shrews and the shrewlike
tenrecs of Madagascar, are almost constantly producing sounds.