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Extinct gophers evolved horns on their noses for fighting predators


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Extinct gophers evolved horns on their noses for fighting predators

Life 18 June 2020 By Michael Marshall Horned gophers only lived in North America, and may have needed their horns to fend off predatorsTom McHugh / Science Photo LibraryThe only rodents to ever have horns on their noses called North America home more than 5 million years ago. A new species of these horned gophers…

Extinct gophers evolved horns on their noses for fighting predators


Life



18 June 2020

By Michael Marshall

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Horned gophers only lived in North America, and may have needed their horns to fend off predators

Tom McHugh / Science Photo Library

The only rodents to ever have horns on their noses called North America home more than 5 million years ago. A new species of these horned gophers has now been discovered, and it suggests that they used their horns to fight off predators.

There are five known species of horned gophers, all of which belong to a group of squirrel-like rodents called mylagaulids. They lived between 16 and 5 million years ago. “The ones with horns are …

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