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How did the sea cow cross the Pacific? At a ponderous paddle

A split-level photograph of a dugong floating just below the water's surface

The common ancestor of the dugong (pictured) and its cousins the manatees probably evolved north of Cuba, far from the dugong’s current range. Credit: Doug Perrine/Nature Picture Library

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Nature 609, 657 (2022)



  1. Heritage, S. & Seiffert, E. R. PeerJ 10, e13886 (2022).

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