Ebola's ancient roots dig deep: Disease goes back more than 20 million years

October 27, 2014 7:07 PM

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Ebola's ancient roots dig deep: Disease goes back more than 20 million years

Ebola is making headlines worldwide today, but the origins of the disease go back between 16 and 23 million years, according to new research.

Filoviruses, the group of microorganism that include Ebola and the deadly Marburg virus, can be traced back to the Miocene Epoch. This was a period on Earth during which grasslands and kelp gardens first became prominent on the land and sea. Great apes also first evolved during this time, leading to...

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