Latest Synapsids Stories
As mammals were trying to emerge from the shadows of dinosaurs 100 million years ago, there was a dramatic proliferation of flowering plants species. However, instead of early mammals benefiting from new food and shelter opportunities that would have been provided by the plants, they experienced a decline during the mid-Cretaceous.
Mass extinction certainly sounds like it would be the end of the line, and perhaps even evoke images of the end of the world. However, new research suggests that the end can also be the beginning.
A newly discovered fossil skeleton dubbed Megaconus mammaliaformis has evolutionary biologists adding new details to the story of mammalian evolution.
Sorry, Felix and Oscar, but an international team of researchers have found a real-life odd couple that puts Neil Simon’s famous duo to shame – a mammal forerunner and an ancient amphibian, which were discovered sharing a burrow during the Early Triassic period.
A recent study by an international group of evolutionary biologists has pointed to six broad yet distinct ‘waves’ of climate-induced mammalian diversity in the last 65 million years of evolution.
A well-preserved fossil discovered in China provides new evidence that the split between placental mammals and marsupials may have occurred 35 million years earlier than previously believed.
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