Science: Untamed Shrews

The shrew—the animal namesake of bad-tempered women—is the smallest but fiercest and most voraciously carnivorous of all mammals. The brown, beady-eyed, two-to four-inch creature looks like a tiny, sharp-nosed field mouse, and lives under logs, leaves, roots and grasses in the woodlands of America, Asia and Europe. Last week Cornell's Zoology Professor William Robert Eadie (now a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy) made known some new facts about this diminutive killer.

Unrelated to the rodent family and far from mouselike in its habits, the shrew is properly an insect eater. But, declared Eadie, the...

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