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New research: Earliest mammals were not mousy little things

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The way we used to be told:

Although major finds are emerging all over the world, the largest number are coming out of China; together, they have overturned the now dated belief that dinosaur-era mammals were small, unremarkable insectivores, eking out a life in the shadows of the giant reptiles.

The fossils have revealed that early mammals were ecologically diverse and experimenting in gliding, swimming, burrowing and climbing. The discoveries are also starting to reveal the evolutionary origins of many of the key traits of mammals — such as lactation, large brains and superbly keen senses.

“The explosion of early-mammal discoveries, particularly from China, over the last two decades has been eye-opening, mind-numbing and absolutely dazzling,” says David Krause, a vertebrate palaeontologist at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science in Colorado.

This avalanche of discovery is also stirring up debate: some researchers disagree over which fossil groups are true mammals and the shape of the mammal family tree.

John Pickrell, “How the earliest mammals thrived alongside dinosaurs” at Nature

We wish them many, many more fossils to fight over. And if so, expect many more surprises.

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7 Replies to “New research: Earliest mammals were not mousy little things

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    EDTA says:

    >“The explosion of early-mammal discoveries, particularly from China, over the last two decades has been eye-opening, mind-numbing and absolutely dazzling,” says David Krause, a vertebrate palaeontologist at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science in Colorado….This avalanche of discovery is also stirring up debate: some researchers disagree over which fossil groups are true mammals and the shape of the mammal family tree.

    Doggonit! Can’t we get this stuff nailed down?? I thought this level of detail was already Settled Science (TM)! How am I supposed to feel comfortable with this dang theory if things at this high of a level are still up in the air?? (Yes I am being sarcastic.)

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    BobRyan says:

    It’s funny how Darwinists ignore the obvious. Once again, they are proven wrong. I’d admire their tenacity, if it weren’t for the absolute lunacy of their beliefs. It’s kind of like communists that believe communism can work. There’s no evidence to support the belief, but evidence doesn’t mean much to madness.

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    john_a_designer says:

    I think the first mammals were unicorns. Pretty pink unicorns. What’s logically and biologically impossible about a pink unicorn? Why do I think that? Because unicorns are cute and our world needs more cute animals. I mean who can disagree with cuteness? Okay I’m not paleontologist or an evolutionary biologist but what makes their just-so stories any better than mine? “Dad gummit” that’s got to be true because that’s what I believe and I am really serious about my beliefs– Well, at least till I have my next cup of coffee.

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    vmahuna says:

    Well, that drops a clod in the churn… If decent size mammals (like puppy dogs) appeared POOF! WITHOUT millennia of enhanced field mouse grandparents, then how exactly might Evolution work? I mean, I guess you can claim marsupials like the Tasmanian Tiger as somehow intermediate with egg-laying birds or lizards, but what exactly were the lizard versions of horses?
    There is something fundamentally wrong with a theory when the accumulation of more data with better accuracy only raises QUESTIONS instead providing answers.
    But as with Communism, Evolutionism is a RELIGION not a Science.

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    BobRyan says:

    John @ 3

    The unicorns aren’t cute. They are a threat to the world and have to be destroyed. They cross over from parallel universes and destroy everything in sight. It’s the time traveling mammals that are on our side. That’s why the fossils are larger than they should be, since they evolved millions of years in the future and had to learn how to fight off the time traveling unicorns.

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    BobRyan says:

    Vmahuna @ 4

    According to Merriam-Webster, there are 4 definitions of religion. 4 is a cause, principle, or system of beliefs held to with ardor and faith. Faith has 3 definitions. 3 is something that is believed especially with strong conviction. Communists and evolutionists do fall under both of these definitions.

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    john_a_designer says:

    BR,

    The unicorns aren’t cute. They are a threat to the world and have to be destroyed.

    That’s because you are bigoted and unicorniphobic. Well, at least that’s what I would have said yesterday when I temporarily and irrationally believed in that kind of nonsense. However, I still think unicorns are cute but it’s really a girly girl type of thing which I’m not into.

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