A Pangolin. Many types of Pangolin are threatened or near threatened. They are hunted and eaten in parts of Africa, and are a popular type of bush meat. They are also in great demand in China because their meat is considered a delicacy and some Chinese believe pangolin scales have medicinal qualities. Pangolin are illegally trafficked for food and folk medicine. Hunting and deforestation has led to a large decrease in the numbers of pangolins.
A coat of armor made of pangolin scales, an unusual object, was presented to George III in 1820. Scrotifera is a proposed clade of mammals within Laurasiatheria, consisting of the following six orders and their common ancestors: Artiodactyla, Even-toed ungulate,
China Seizes Massive Amount of Pangolin Scales in Biggest-Ever Smuggling Case
A pangolin also referred to as a scaly anteater or trenggiling is a mammal of the order Pholidota. The one extant family, Manidae, has one genus, Manis, which comprises eight species. A number of extinct species are known. A pangolin has large keratin scales covering its skin, and is the only known mammal with this adaptation. It is found naturally in tropical regions throughout Africa and Asia. The name, pangolin, comes from the Malay word, pengguling, meaning "something that rolls up".