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Why this mammal eats its own brain - and why it could matter for you

By Dino Grandoni

30 Nov 2022 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

Too tiny to migrate and too hyper to hibernate, shrews survive unconventionally. Research into drugs which could mimic their brain chemistry in humans is underway.

The shrew scampered across the sand, zipping its tiny, velvety body right, left, right, left.

In just a few seconds it found the prize concealed in the sandbox: a tasty mixture of earthworms, mealworms and other meat.

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