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Early Jurassic Basal Mammals Were Specialized Eaters

Early Jurassic Basal Mammals Were Specialized Eaters

John Hopton for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers from several British universities have found that small Jurassic mammals chose very specific diets from among the smorgasbord of insects available to them, with creatures of a...

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  • Having so marked an appearance as easily to be recognized.
This word may come from the Swedish 'kanspak,' quick at recognizing persons or things, or else from confusion with 'conspicuous.'