what are some small, bizzarre and interesting animals like the chevrotain?
>>4035643what a funny looking thing. Are those also called mouse deer or are chevrotains and mouse deer different?
>>4035678They are the same thing (tragulus versicolor)
The smallest flightless bird that still survives is this little guy: the Inaccessible Island Rail.
>>4035691There are many species of mouse deer. T. versicolor is just one of them.
>>4035734Herodotus referenced them as "the two legged mouse" when talking about african animals but he also said there's a tribe of women that live in the mountains and eat only apes.
>>4037576There are tribes that hunt baboons so I believe it
>The vertebrae of the hero shrew are thick, corrugated cylinders. The vertebrae interlock on their sides and lower surfaces. The animal's spine has bony projections that mesh to form a very strong, yet flexible backbone. The differences are especially pronounced in the lower back between the rib cage and hips. The hero shrew has 11 lumbar vertebrae, in contrast to a typical mammal which has 5 such vertebrae. The spine of the hero shrew accounts for 4% of its body weight, in contrast to 0.5–1.6% for a typical small mammal. The ribs of the shrew are thicker than those of similarly sized mammals and the spinal muscles are significantly different. Its abdominal muscles are reduced, while its spinal muscles are enlarged. As a result, the hero shrew has a peculiar gait with its spine flexing in a snake-like manner.>During an expedition to the Congo region in the 1910s, the natives demonstrated the remarkable strength of the hero shrew to naturalists Herbert Lang and James Chapin. After some mystical preparation, an adult male estimated to weigh 72 kg (159 lb) stepped on a shrew and balanced himself on one foot. After several minutes, the man stepped off and the shrew left unharmed. The combination of animal's vertebral strength and its convex curvature behind the shoulder kept its vital organs from being crushed in the demonstration. The feat represented a weight of roughly 1000 times the animal's body weight, the equivalent of a human holding 10 elephants. Relative to body size, the hero shrew's spine is roughly four times more robust than any other vertebrate (excluding its sister species).