Ancient Rhino, Horse Relative Roamed 'Island' of India

November 21, 2014 5:30 PM

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Ancient Rhino, Horse Relative Roamed 'Island' of India

Paleontologists have gotten a leg up on their understanding of the evolution of modern horses and rhinos, with new fossils that place an ancient relative of the creatures on the Asian subcontinent, at a time when it was an island.

Since 2001, for two weeks at a stretch, every year or two, a team of researchers from Johns Hopkins University dug in an open-pit coal mine in India, northeast of Mumbai. The site was bountiful, to say the least, yielding a vast collection of bones.

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