Update on this issue: Hyrax out of favor
Additional update: Natan Slifkin surprised by the disfavored hyrax
As the beginning of Mashechet Chulin on Daf Yomi approaches, we have been researching once again the difficult issue of the identification of the biblical animals.
Unfortunately in many books, Chumashim and Gemarot, it is written and/or illustrated with pictures, that the biblical shafan mentioned in Parashat Shemini and Ree is the hyrax.
In my humble opinion this is not correct because of the 6 reasons explained in the linked document.
VeHashem yetakenenu beetza toba milefanav.
Dr. Yitzchak Betech.
P.S. Please feel free to redistribute the linked document at your discretion.