Sea cows are more African than lions

Julien Benoit, University of the Witwatersrand When you think about typical African wildlife, a few animals almost certainly spring to mind: zebras, wildebeest, lions, cheetahs and buffaloes. But fossil records tell us that these species aren’t originally from Africa. In fact, their ancestors originated in Asia when Africa was separated from the rest of the …

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Studying African camels is key to learning more about the MERS virus

Eric Fèvre, University of Liverpool African camels could hold important clues to controlling the potential spread of a respiratory disease transmitted by the animals. For many years African camels have lived with the disease and the risk of it spreading to humans is still low. But more research is necessary to understand the disease better. …

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