• An ancient icon reveals new mysteries: mummy DNA resurrects a cryptic species within the Nile crocodile

      Hekkala, Evon; Shirley, Matthew H.; Amato, George; Austin, James D.; Charter, Suellen J.; Thorbjarnarson, John; Vliet, Kent A.; Houck, Marlys L.; Desalle, Rob; Blum, Michael J. (2011)
      ...Our analyses reveal a cryptic evolutionary lineage within the Nile crocodile that elucidates the biogeographic history of the genus and clarifies long‐standing arguments over the species’ taxonomic identity and conservation status. An examination of crocodile mummy haplotypes indicates that the cryptic lineage corresponds to an earlier description of C. suchus and suggests that both African Crocodylus lineages historically inhabited the Nile River....