Single origin of Malagasy Carnivora from an African ancestor

@article{Yoder2003SingleOO,
  title={Single origin of Malagasy Carnivora from an African ancestor},
  author={Anne D. Yoder and Melissa M. Burns and Sarah M. Zehr and Thomas Delefosse and G{\'e}raldine Veron and Steven M. Goodman and John J. Flynn},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2003},
  volume={421},
  pages={734-737}
}
The Carnivora are one of only four orders of terrestrial mammals living in Madagascar today. All four (carnivorans, primates, rodents and lipotyphlan insectivores) are placental mammals with limited means for dispersal, yet they occur on a large island that has been surrounded by a formidable oceanic barrier for at least 88 million years, predating the age of origin for any of these groups. Even so, as many as four colonizations of Madagascar have been proposed for the Carnivora alone. The… 

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