January 27, 2014

Chinese Medicines Are Killing the Cool Animals

Gwynn Guilford, Quartz

The Associated Press

They may look like a cuddly cross between an armadillo and an artichoke, but pangolins are tougher than they seem. The animal’s armor of rigid keratin scales is the only of its kind in the entire animal kingdom.

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