Don’t Let Your Backbone Slip!

Have you ever thought that there isn’t much to learn that is new about animals? Just when you thought scientists, mammologists in particular knew just about everything about warm blooded creatures, something new and STEMazing pops up. A new discovery is from the backbones of small animals called shrews. One kind of shrew, called the “Hero” has a phenomenal reinforced backbone (see picture above on right). The Hero Shrew lives a secret life in the Congo. One story goes that if you step on this small animal it won’t hurt it—the backbone is so strong that it is a super “hero” and can survive stomping! Why does it have this bizarre structure? What does it do with a super hero backbone? Nobody knows. There’s plenty of new discoveries waiting to be made by the next generation of STEM professionals!

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