Mystery of Darwin’s strange South American mammals solved

An artist’s rendering shows the South American native ungulate Macrauchenia patachonica which had a number of remarkable adaptations, including the positioning of its nostrils high on its head in this illustration released on March 17, 2015. Credit: REUTERS/Peter Schouten/Handout
To 19th-century British naturalist Charles Darwin, they were the strangest animals yet discovered, one looking like a hybrid of a hippo, rhino and rodent and another resembling a humpless camel with an elephant’s trunk. Ever since Darwin first collected their fossils about 180 years ago, scientists had been baffled about where these odd South American […] via WordPress

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