Mesozoic origin for West Indian insectivores

@article{Roca2004MesozoicOF,
  title={Mesozoic origin for West Indian insectivores},
  author={Alfred L. Roca and Gila Kahila Bar-Gal and Eduardo Eizirik and Kristofer M. Helgen and Roberto Mar{\'i}a and Mark S Springer and Stephen J. O'Brien and William J. Murphy},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2004},
  volume={429},
  pages={649-651}
}
The highly endangered solenodons, endemic to Cuba (Solenodon cubanus) and Hispaniola (S. paradoxus), comprise the only two surviving species of West Indian insectivores. Combined gene sequences (13.9 kilobases) from S. paradoxus established that solenodons diverged from other eulipotyphlan insectivores 76 million years ago in the Cretaceous period, which is consistent with vicariance, though also compatible with dispersal. A sequence of 1.6 kilobases of mitochondrial DNA from S. cubanus… Expand
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