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Repto-Goat! Report reveals anatomic similarities between goats and crocodiles.

Myotragus balearicus
Myotragus balearicus
Juan Costa

This week, scientists released data that indicates the ancient 19 inch high goat, Myotragus, first found on the island of  Majorca in the early 1900s, adapted very much like a reptile to handle shortages in the island's food supply.

A new study out of the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain, looks at the bone structure of several Myotragus as well as those of deer and crocodile form the same time period and the study reveals that the goat may have modified growth and metabolic rates seasonally and during times of irregular weather patterns—just like reptiles.In many large mammals, the body develops at constantly high growth rates and their metabolism requires a continuous supply of food supply. Reptiles differ in that they have a slower growth rate and more flexible metabolism.

This adaptation is believed to be a first for a mammal and may help explain other island based dwarf mammals, such as elephants and hippos and adaption’s they may have made in order to survive life on islands such as Majorca, where food sources were few and far between.

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