In Africa, we found an unknown ancient predators

В Африке нашли неизвестных древних хищников

The found remains belonged to gandonov

The new species was named Pakakali rukwaensis.

An international team of paleontologists has discovered a previously unknown species of gandonov, carnivorous mammal that lived in North America, Asia and Europe 25 million years ago. The got the Pakakali rukwaensis, details scientists told about the discovery in the journal PLoS ONE.

Paleontologists have discovered the remains of the animal in South-West Tanzania. According to their estimates, P. rukwaensis was the size of a lynx. Biogeographic and phylogenetic analysis gave the opportunity to learn more about the transition from early African predators to the modern ecosystem.

The discovery helped scientists to understand the anatomy of gandonov to the emergence in Africa of modern predators. After the mass extinction of the dinosaurs hyaenodonts were the main predators in Africa, while from 23 to 25 million years ago, the continent has not got other predatory animals. Over time, giantone extinct. The new information about them to learn more about how this could happen.

Earlier, environmentalists said that the first victims of the sixth mass extinction in Earth’s history will become not only the largest but also the smallest animals on the planet.