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Naming Evolution's Winners and Losers

July 28, 2009

a crocodile Mammals and many species of birds and fish are among "evolution's winners," while crocodiles, alligators and a reptile cousin of snakes and lizards, known as the tuatara, are among its losers, according to new research published July 24 in the online early edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Full Story


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