Afrotheria: plate tectonics meets genomics.

  • Spencer Hedges
  • Published 2001 in
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences…


A frotheria is one of the most remarkable hypotheses in mammal evolution. It suggests that one-third of the orders of placental mammals form an ancient group that evolved on Africa when that continent was isolated from others through plate tectonics (1). Although this hypothesis has been predicted by molecular clock studies (2), evidence for it has emerged… (More)


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