Have you always been curious about issues pertaining to evolution and continental drift? Well, this news may interest you.
According to Los Angeles Times, a mammal, which is likely to be weigh 45-75 pounds, has radiated into the modern rhinoceros, hippopotamus and horse.
This new story was published last week in the journal called Nature Communications.
Described nine years ago as Cambaytherium thewissi comes close to the resemblance of a “missing link”.
The research also reveals that the ancestor rhino’s traces were initially found in India, after which the mass broke off from Madagascar about 80-90 million years ago.
There were several analogies drawn upon by the expert team of researchers on Cambaytherium.
For instance, it also had five finger or toe like bones, though the leading author, Kenneth Rose, a paleontologist, hesitated at calling them actual digits.
The number was significantly reduced as they developed modern hooves.
The first fossil specimen of Cambaytherium was discovered over a 10 year period from a massive open-pit coal mine in Gujarat, India.
Paleontologists are searching for other ancient mines which may have the fossil fuels that could finally reveal about the mystery of origin of Cambaytherium.
If the mystery is unsolved, it would reveal a lot about the origin of mammalian life, which is said to have dominated the Earth, about 55 million years ago, when life on Earth had originated.