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Elusive venomous mammal joins the genome club

Post by Dragon on Fri Mar 23, 2018 5:34 pm

In the open-access journal GigaScience, scientists have presented a draft genome of a small shrew-like animal, the venomous Hispaniolan solenodon (Solenodon paradoxus). This species is unusual not only because it is one of the very few venomous mammals, it is also the sole remaining branch of mammals that split from other insectivores at the time of the dinosaurs. The genome sequencing and analysis of this endangered animal was carried out by an international team led by Dr. Taras K. Oleksyk from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez. The availability of the solenodon genome sequence allowed the researchers to answer several evolutionary questions, in particular whether the solenodon species survived the meteor impact ended the dinosaurs.

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Post by Dragon on Fri Mar 23, 2018 5:35 pm


Credit: Eladio Fernandez, Caribbean Nature Photography

Hispaniolan solenodon (Solenodon paradoxus) is one of the only extant venomous mammals. Its species separated from other insectivores at the time of the dinosaurs.

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Post by Dragon on Fri Mar 23, 2018 5:36 pm



The solenodon, one of the EDGE mammals currently receiving conservation attention from the ' Last Survivors' project based in the Dominican Republic.

 
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Post by Dragon on Fri Mar 23, 2018 5:37 pm



Cuban Solenodon or Almiqui (Solenodon cubanus)

 
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