Northern Tree Shrew

Northern Tree Shrew

Tree shrews used to be considered close relatives to primates but modern DNA tests show that it isn’t so.

Northern Tree Shrew

Northern tree shrew (Tupaia belangeri), Szeged Zoo.

Currently tree shrews are classified in their own order Scandentia. Tree shrews are not really shrews, or rodents, or primates as people thought at various times.

For various reasons tree shrews are often used in medical research and their DNA has been one sequenced relatively early for research purposes.

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Last updated: October 7, 2014

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