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Ancient DNA Sheds Light on Evolutionary History of Extinct ‘Horned’ Crocodile | Genetics, Paleontology – Sci-News.com

An international team of scientists has recovered and analyzed partial mitochondrial genomes from 1,300-1,400-year-old specimens of Voay robustus, a recently extinct…

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An international team of scientists has recovered and analyzed partial mitochondrial genomes from 1,300-1,400-year-old specimens of Voay robustus, a recently extinct species of horned crocodile that lived in Madagascar. Their results indicate that this endemic represented the sister lineage to true crocodiles (Crocodylus) and that the ancestor of modern crocodiles likely originated in Africa.
A skull of Voay robustus collected at Ampoza during the joint Mission Franco-Anglo-American expedition from…

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