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Study Discovers Extinct Ancient Fox Species in Tibet


(photo:nationalgeographic.com)

An extinct fox species with “supersharp teeth” once roamed the Tibetan Plateau 2 to 5 million years ago, a new study says.

The fossils of the newly identified could be the earliest known ancestor of today’s artic fox remains ever found, said the National Geographic.

The study, which was published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society Tuesday, indicates that the Tibetan Plateau might have been the “Third Pole,” a term that some environmentalist use today, since it shows that the plateau once was a “cradle of evolution” for cold-adapted mammals at the time when the artic was relatively warmer.
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