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palate of the small sparassodont from Bolivia
2014-05-09 07:12:07

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers at Case Western Reserve University have discovered an extinct, kitten-sized species believed to have lived in Bolivia some 13 million years ago, according to research appearing in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. According to third-year undergraduate student and evolutionary biology major Russell Engelman, the currently unnamed animal (UF 27881) would have been “about the size of a marten, a catlike weasel...

Researchers Discover 41 Million Old Rodent Fossils
2011-10-12 11:51:13

Researchers have discovered the oldest rodent fossils yet along the Ucayali River near Contamana, Peru. The fossils are comprised of the tiny teeth of a mouse-and rat-sized animal that lived at least 41 million years ago. These fossils are about 10 million years older than all previous rodent discoveries made. "This really pushes back the date of the first South American rodents," said Darin Croft, an anatomy professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland,...

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2011-08-05 09:08:17

2 new species discovered Two new rodent fossils were discovered in the arid highlands of southern Bolivia by researchers from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and Universidad Aut³noma Tomás Frías. The larger of the two rodents, named Mesoprocta hypsodus, probably looked something like a guinea pig on stilts, said Darin Croft, an anatomy professor at Case Western Reserve. The smaller, Quebradahondomys potosiensis, was a spiny rat. An online article...


Word of the Day
reremouse
  • A bat.
The word 'reremouse' comes from Middle English reremous, from Old English hrēremūs, hrērmūs ("bat"), equivalent to rear (“to move, shake, stir”) +‎ mouse.
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