Researchers in France, Spain, Lebanon and the UK have identified a new species of prehistoric murine — the group of mammals that includes mice, rats, and their relatives — from fossils discovered in Lebanon. The findings, presented in Scientific Reports, represent the first known physical evidence that the initial dispersal of mice from Asia to Africa took place through the Levant.
The French members of the team are from the Laboratoire de Paléontologie, Institut des Sciences de l’Évolution (UMR-CNRS 5554), Université de Montpellier and the Laboratoire de Biométrie et Biologie Evolutive (UMR-CNRS 5558), Université Lyon 1.
Read the research paper: First levantine fossil murines shed new light on the earliest intercontinental dispersal of mice. Raquel López-Antoñanzas et al. Scientific Reports