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Contact: Kendra Snyder
American Museum of Natural History

Common Ancestor

Caption: This is an artist's rendering of the hypothetical placental ancestor, a small insect-eating animal. The research team reconstructed the anatomy of the animal by mapping traits onto the evolutionary tree most strongly supported by the combined phenomic and genomic data and comparing the features in placental mammals with those seen in their closest relatives.

Credit: Carl Buell

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