Evolution makes bats, dolphins strangely related

09/4/2013 | ScienceMag.org

Bats and dolphins independently evolved their echolocation abilities from the same genetic mutations, suggesting that evolution uses the same sequence of steps in very different animals, according to a study. Researchers at Queen Mary University of London studied the genes of bats and dolphins and found the same mutations in a particular protein that affects hearing. They took that a step further to look at the entire genome, according to their report in Nature.

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