Genomes of hundreds of extinct species revealed by rewinding evolution

Thanks to the growing collection of genomes for species alive today, researchers have been able to partially reconstruct the genomes of extinct ancestors for which no physical record exists on Earth

Life 4 April 2022

Bat, elephant, frog, lemur

The genomes of the ancestors of bats, elephants, frogs, lemurs and many more have been reconstructed

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The genomes of more than 600 plants, animals and fungi that went extinct tens or even hundreds of millions of years ago, leaving no physical trace on Earth, have been partially reconstructed by rewinding the evolutionary history of their living descendants, in the largest ever study of its kind. This has given us the best pictures so far of the genomes of various ancient human ancestors, from the 45-million-year-old ancestor of monkeys and apes all …

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