As far as humans go, we don't have a lot of features that make us stand out. Sure, there's the large brain, upright gait and opposable thumbs. But otherwise there aren't many physiological features that call special attention to our species compared to others in the animal kingdom.
Take for example a new species of hero shrew, Scutisorex thori, a recently discovered shrew that hails from Africa. Though it may look cute and small -- and it is, weighing in at just under two ounces -- the little shrew is capable of "tremendous strength," as lead author William Stanley, of the Field Museum of Natural History told Discovery News' Jennifer Viegas. Thanks to its uniquely structured spine, the shrew is capable of lifting heavy logs and surviving being stepped on by a much larger animal.
This shrew isn't the only animal in nature with a special skill that sets it apart. And even the shrew's mighty strength doesn't compare with the abilities of other creatures on this list.