A prehistoric hedgehog fossil has been discovered in Canada. It is amazing to see evidence of hedgehog presence in the New World as all modern species are found in Europe, Asia and Africa. The discovery also lends itself to some interesting artist impressions of what the species looked like, including debate on whether the hedgehog was spiny like our native European hedgehog. Hopefully further discoveries of this kind will help us to understand the range of the species and give insght into its ecology.
If Beatrix Potter wrote fairy tales she might have dreamed up Silvacola, a prehistoric hedgehog just two inches long. Like Thumbalina, the tiny girl in the Hans Christian Andersen story, the creature was about the size of an adult thumb. Silvacola, which lived 52 million years ago, was completely unknown to science before its fossil remains were discovered at a nature park in British Columbia, Canada.