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Mammals "Rafted" to Madagascar, Climate Model Suggests

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Ker Than for National Geographic News Published this article on January 20, 2010.


Photograph by Frans Lanting, National Geographic Stock



Only in the movies could a lion, a zebra, a giraffe, and a hippo wash ashore on Madagascar to start a new life.


But a new computer model suggests there may be a grain of truth in the animated fiction: The ancestors of ring-tailed lemurs, flying foxes, and other mammals that live on the Indian Ocean island got there aboard natural rafts.