Enrico Cappellini from Center for GeoGenetics publishes in Nature about the strangest animals ever discovered

The evolutionary puzzle surrounding what Charles Darwin called the ‘strangest animals ever discovered’ has now been solved by an international team of researchers. The puzzle involved the long-standing question of the fossils of Toxodon and Macrauchenia, the South American native ungulates (SANUs) first found by Darwin 180 years ago in Uruguay and Argentina.

“With colleagues in the Quantitative Proteomics group at the Novo Nordisk Center for Protein Research, we are developing new proteomic techniques and applying them to the archaeological and palaeoanthropological record. Our contribution in the clarification of this so far unsolved ambiguity is a direct result of those efforts,” says Assistant Professor Enrico Cappellini from the Center for GeoGenetics who took part in the study “Ancient Proteins Demonstrate South American Ungulates are Laurasiatheres, not Afrotheres”. The study is now published in the latest edition of Nature.

Read more about the strangest animals ever via Videnskab.dk



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