Saturday, June 15, 2013

ELEPHANTS WERE GREAT DIVERS!


 Shane Gibson/Metro 

Winnipeg University of Manitoba biology professor Dr. Kevin Campbell is part of an international team of scientists who’ve discovered how diving mammals have evolved the ability to hold their breath for long periods of time underwater.

 
A University of Manitoba biology professor is part of an international team of scientists that have discovered how diving mammals have evolved to be able to stay underwater for long periods without breathing—and the findings are changing how we see land mammals too. The team’s more than six-years of work, published Thursday in the journal Science, has found that the ancestors of modern day elephants were actually aquatic.

  

 “We don’t usually think of elephants as being diving mammals, but they’re actually still very good swimmers,” said professor Dr. Kevin Campbell, who did the research along with U of M PHD student Anthony Signore and a handful of others from the University of Liverpool and the University of Alaska. “Just based on letters of an elephant and mole’s protein we have completely independent evidence of aquatic pasts.” Full Story



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