Scientists have identified a genetic mutation that gives the predator a super strength that allows it to overcome many barriers, including the environment.
It also appears to have helped them escape predators.
The research was published in the journal Science.
It was carried out by scientists from University College London and the University of Cambridge, who looked at the genes of three different super predators, which they dubbed the Giant Killer, The Super Killer and The Biggest Cat Killer.
The scientists analysed the genomes of the three creatures.
They found the mutation has been present in the genomes for about 2.8 million years, suggesting the creatures may have evolved from one another.
They were also able to determine the evolutionary relationship between the two predators.
They determined that the mutation is linked to a gene called the p300 gene, which codes for the protein p300, which helps a predator to evade an opponent.
It is thought that the p30 gene has been used to help other animals to survive in the past.
The study also suggests that the DNA of the Giant killer was altered during evolution and that this altered DNA was passed down through generations.
The Super Killer was identified by Dr Paul Hannon and Dr David Hannon, both from University of Liverpool, who studied the genes and the environment of the species.
It has been speculated that this mutation was the result of a genetic bottleneck between two super predators that occurred some 1.5 million years ago.
Dr Hannon said the new findings showed the super predators have had a “huge” genetic bottleneck.
“The mutation has allowed the predators to overcome a lot of obstacles including the lack of food in the environment and the competition of other predators, such as cats and snakes,” Dr Hannon explained.
“In the last 50 million years we’ve seen massive evolutionary changes in evolution and these are happening very fast.”
I think this has led to the evolution of the predators because it has made them more resilient to predators.
“We now know the mutation also causes the evolution in the gene responsible for the enzyme called p300.”
Dr Hagan said the scientists would now work on using the gene to investigate how the genetic mutation works.
He said the findings were “absolutely amazing” and the results suggested “super predators may have been in our evolutionary history for hundreds of thousands of years”.
“It shows that the genes are being used in an intelligent way to do something very interesting,” he said.
“It opens up the possibility that we are a species that is unique in our genetic heritage and that is a big deal.”
The findings are part of the National Geographic Society’s Genome Initiative, which is aimed at helping to unlock the secrets of our origins and evolution.
The first ever study of the genes involved was carried, in 2002, by Dr Mark O’Neill from the University at Albany, New York, who described it as “the most important genome sequence ever”.
Dr O’Neil used the sequence to identify genes that are present in all vertebrates, including humans.
The researchers analysed the genes to determine whether or not there were differences between the genomes and found a number of genes that differed between the species of the giant killer and the other predators.
In addition, the scientists found that there were different levels of differences in the number of different proteins found in the two creatures.
“One of the things we were interested in was how the DNA changes, which can tell us how fast we evolved or how long ago we had our last common ancestor with other species,” Dr O’Neills said.
He described how, in humans, “there are more proteins that you find in the genome than there are in the animal kingdom, and the more that you have to encode in the DNA, the more you can put your genes in.”
“There’s a very clear correlation between the number and frequency of different protein variations in the organism and how long it has been evolving,” Dr Dermot O’Donnell from the Royal Veterinary College in London said.
But he said there was another important factor.
“They were looking at what the evolutionary changes were in the genes.
And what we found was that these changes were very subtle,” Dr Kermode said.
This was because, unlike the genes that had the most complex functions, the genes in the Giant and Super Killer genomes were “very simple”, Dr Kymow said.
Dr Dermut O’Leary, who was not involved in the study, said that this new study “seems to suggest that the evolution is very gradual in our evolution”.
He said, in general, scientists believed that our DNA had “been in the hands of humans for a long time”.
“This is a very striking result because it shows that evolution is not a linear process, and we are evolving at an extremely rapid rate, he said, and it is very surprising.”
There is so much information out there about our origins, and yet the fact that evolution can be so gradual is a real surprise.
“This means we need to do much more