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Podcast: The Weird, Wild, Endangered Solenodon

The solenodon survived the impact that killed the dinosaurs, but after all that, we might be its downfall.

It looks like a rodent of unusual size, but the solenodon—a creature that has outlived the dinosaurs—is more closely related to moles and shrews. (Seb az86556/Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA)
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The solenodon: a venomous, shrew-like mammal, found only in the Caribbean, that has survived for millions of years by hiding underground. Even the meteor that wiped out the dinosaurs 66 million years ago couldn’t kill this hardy little creature. But after surviving for so long, after outliving the freakin’ DINOSAURS, the solenodon is now threatened by human encroachment into their habitat. In this episode of Generation Anthropocene, guest producer Laura Cussen brings us this story, originally published in 2014 with support from the Stanford Storytelling Project and a Braden Storytelling Grant.

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