Scientists Find Missing Evolutionary Link Between Horses and Rhinos

November 22, 2014 4:14 PM

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Scientists Find Missing Evolutionary Link Between Horses and Rhinos

Near a coal mine in India, a research team from Johns Hopkins University found a fossil which they believe fills an evolutionary gap between modern horses and rhinos a ‘Cambaytherium thewissi’. They believe the animal group likely originated on the Indian subcontinent, when it was actually still an island on a collision course with Asia.

Ken Rose, evolution and functional anatomy professor at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine describes “We think what we have is a remnant of the ancestral group that would’ve given rise to horses and tapirs and rhinos. And it’s on India, and therefore the possibility that perissodactyls actually divers...

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