|Puerto Rican Nesophontes (N. edithae)|
Reconstruction by Jennifer Garcia CC BY SA 3.0
To establish their phylogenetic position, scientists recently extracted DNA from a specimen preserved in an ancient owl pellet (here). This was no mean feat as the specimen was 750-years-old and DNA degrades rapidly in the tropics.
|Hispaniolan Solenodon (S. paradoxus)|
Biodiversity Heritage Library CC BY 2.0
|Placenta of Solenodon paradoxus |