World's tiniest ‘jumping mouse’ discovered in western China

The world’s smallest dwarf three-toed jerboa, also known as the ‘jumping mouse’, has been discovered in Xinjiang province in far northwestern China.

The tiny jerboa.

The tiny jerboa. Image by Cliff / CC BY 2.0

The rodent was discovered by a local driver, who saw a small mouse in front of his car that had a ‘pig-like face’. The man described the mouse as being no larger than a water bottle cap. A researcher from the local centre for disease control identified the rodent as the dwarf three-toed jerboa, and confirmed the species is native to the deserts of northern and western China. Read more: shanghaiist.com

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