The tiger and the elephant and the polar bear may be stars at the Buffalo Zoo, but it was a humble wallaby that helped scientists prove that the family of viruses that gave rise to Ebola is tens of millions of years old, not a mere 10 millennia, as was previously supposed.

Jurassic Ebola.

The determination was made in recent years by scientists at the University of Buffalo who tested wallaby hair from the zoo along with a brown bat snared on campus to confirm what they had identified in existing databases for the first time: The genetic material of various small animals contains “fossil” fragments of filoviruses, the family that includes Ebola and Marburg. [Read more] – Michael’s Blog