Thursday, 25 August 2011

Jurassic Mother

Here's another of those artist's impressions of a long-dead creature which I'm finding far more interesting than most contemporary art. This little fellow is Juramaia sinensis, which means "Jurassic mother from Chinaā€¯. Judging by its teeth, this small, tree-dwelling, shrew-like animal is the earliest fossil mammal ever found, and it takes our ancestors back another 35 million years. Zhe-Xi Luo wrote the paper for the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh, USA, posted today by Nature magazine and by BBC News (title link).


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