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Researchers trace origins of Madagascar's forest cats

Madagascar's forest cats are distinctive but are not native, says Michelle Sauther, an anthropology professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder who has studied lemurs and other primates on Madagascar for three decades. Sauther and her colleagues trapped some forest cats; collected biological samples, dental impressions and photographs; and ran DNA analyses that showed the cats' ancestors probably arrived on trade ships along early Arab trade routes.

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