Extinct ‘horned’ crocodile’s ancestry revealed

Extinct ‘horned’ crocodile’s ancestry revealed

Credit: M Ellison, American Museum of Natural History

Ancient DNA analysis has solved a key mystery in the family tree of crocodiles, researchers say, historically an incredibly diverse and rapidly evolving group of critters whose ancestry has proven tricky to unravel.

The extinct “horned” crocodile (Voay robustus), endemic to Madagascar, now has a secure spot in the branches of “true” crocodiles.


Published by Cosmos.

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