Scientists Solve Darwin's 'Strange Animal' Mystery

March 19, 2015 8:11 PM

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After nearly 200 years, scientists have finally solved an evolutionary mystery that began with Charles Darwin, and involves a group of mammals he described as the "strangest animals ever discovered," according to a new study.

Published in the journal Nature, the findings are based on fossil protein sequences, which allow researchers to peek back in time up to 10 times farther than they can with DNA.

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