January 27, 2012 5:23 PM | By Jason Buckland, MSN Tech & Gadgets
The world’s tiniest animals

World's smallest vertebrate?



The common phrase is “stop on a dime,” but give the world’s smallest frog a ten-cent piece and he could stop, roll over and stretch out all without even threatening the coin’s edge. In honour of the frog’s discovery, MSN highlights ten more of the world’s tiniest animals. (© Rex Features photo)
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  • The common phrase is “stop on a dime,” but give the world’s smallest frog a ten-cent piece and he could stop, roll over and stretch out all without even threatening the coin’s edge. In honour of the frog’s discovery, MSN highlights ten more of the world’s tiniest animals. (© Rex Features photo)
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The common phrase is "stop on a dime," but give the world's smallest frog a ten-cent piece and he could stop, roll over and stretch out all without even threatening the coin's edge. Indeed, the latest fascination from the animal world is the Paedophryne amanuensis, the smallest vertebrate known to man.

Found recently by American researchers in New Guinea, the frog is tiny - only 7.7 mm in length, on average - but that's not to say it should be self-conscious. In the animal kingdom, in fact, plenty of species get by without size. In honour of the frog's discovery, MSN highlights ten more of the world's tiniest animals.

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