Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in
This news story is archived which means that, while it is still available to view, the information contained within may be outdated and the original source site/link may no longer be viewable.

For the most recent stories, please visit either the site's home page or main news section.

Prehistoric rodent fossil discovered

Posted on Thursday, 8 August, 2013 | Comment icon 11 comments


Image credit: CC 2.0 Keven Law

 
The pre-mammalian rodent-like creature is offering new insights in to how our distant ancestors lived.

The almost intact fossil was discovered in China and is one of the earliest known examples of a hairy mammal-like creature ever found. While appearing very similar to today's mammals, the species actually pre-dates true mammals and instead lived alongside dinosaurs in a humid world around 165 million years ago. The find is being hailed as one of the most significant pre-mammalian discoveries to date.

"Research always assumed that these were primitive and not highly specialized, but this animal shows that they were already highly specialized and highly adapted to special feeding strategies," said palaeontologist Thomas Martin.

"An extremely well-preserved rodentlike fossil recently discovered in China provides some of the best evidence yet for how the earliest human ancestors lived."

  View: Full article

 Source: Live Science


  Discuss: View comments (11)

   


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #2 Posted by rodentraiser on 9 August, 2013, 1:48
Er.............
Comment icon #3 Posted by SkepticalB on 9 August, 2013, 1:50
seems larger than the typical rat. a Rodent of unusual size, if you will. I don't believe in them
Comment icon #4 Posted by Lava_Lady on 9 August, 2013, 3:13
seems larger than the typical rat. a Rodent of unusual size, if you will. I don't believe in them I have a pet rat the size of a football! lol
Comment icon #5 Posted by SkepticalB on 9 August, 2013, 5:07
And if I ever came across it you'd see a large man scream like a little girl.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Lava_Lady on 10 August, 2013, 12:40
And if I ever came across it you'd see a large man scream like a little girl. Lol!
Comment icon #7 Posted by cacoseraph on 3 September, 2013, 4:17
I bet they were as wily as the rodents today. I think the fact you typed that pretty much proves it seems larger than the typical rat. a Rodent of unusual size, if you will. I don't believe in them NICE! But, if you are ever in Tucson hit me up, you can visit my friend's capybara =P http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capybara
Comment icon #8 Posted by Lava_Lady on 3 September, 2013, 4:33
I think the fact you typed that pretty much proves it NICE! But, if you are ever in Tucson hit me up, you can visit my friend's capybara =P http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capybara Uncalled for insult by a total stranger... nice.
Comment icon #9 Posted by cacoseraph on 3 September, 2013, 4:47
Uncalled for insult by a total stranger... nice. I... think you didn't follow that one through all the way. If the predecessors of our species hadn't been quite as wily then our species probably wouldn't be here... yeah? Unless you were talking about my response to Skep? In which case that was a heartfelt NICE to a Princess Bride ref followed up with a legit invitation to visit with the largest rodent species extant in the world today. So clearly, I am just awful.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Lava_Lady on 3 September, 2013, 4:48
I... think you didn't follow that one through all the way. If the predecessors of our species hadn't been quite as wily then our species probably wouldn't be here... yeah? Unless you were talking about my response to Skep? In which case that was a heartfelt NICE to a Princess Bride ref followed up with a legit invitation to visit with the largest rodent species extant in the world today. So clearly, I am just awful. I don't really care.
Comment icon #11 Posted by cacoseraph on 3 September, 2013, 4:57
I don't really care. Obviously. But, I forgive you.


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
Google invents an AI that learns on its own
10-18-2017
The search giant has developed an artificial intelligence capable of learning without human intervention.
Saturn's rings are raining down methane
10-18-2017
NASA has revealed the discovery of methane and other chemicals in the gas giant's upper atmosphere.
48 million-year-old bird fossil unearthed
10-18-2017
A prehistoric species of bird that preened itself like a flamingo has been discovered in Germany.
Bolsover Castle is voted 'England's spookiest'
10-17-2017
Built on an ancient burial ground, Bolsover Castle in Derbyshire has a reputation for being haunted.
Other news in this category
48 million-year-old bird fossil unearthed
Posted 10-18-2017 | 1 comment
A prehistoric species of bird that preened itself like a flamingo has been discovered in Germany....
 
'Vampire' kangaroos lived longer than thought
Posted 10-15-2017 | 1 comment
An extinct species of fanged kangaroo survived five million years longer than previously believed....
 
New prehistoric marine predator discovered
Posted 10-3-2017 | 4 comments
Palaeontologists have identified a new species that could shed light on the origins of crocodiles....
 
Neanderthal brains developed slower than ours
Posted 9-24-2017 | 7 comments
The skeleton of a young Neanderthal has revealed that our brains did not develop at the same rate....
 
Plant-eating dinosaurs sometimes ate crabs
Posted 9-24-2017 | 8 comments
Fossilized droppings have revealed that some herbivorous dinosaurs occasionally snacked on seafood....
 
Giant prehistoric frog ate small dinosaurs
Posted 9-21-2017 | 1 comment
At the size of a beach ball, the monster-sized Beelzebufo ampinga was the largest frog that ever lived....
 
550 million-year-old creature mystery solved
Posted 9-20-2017 | 6 comments
Scientists believe that they have finally worked out what type of creature 'Dickinsonia' actually was....
 
Prehistoric whales were ferocious predators
Posted 8-30-2017 | 4 comments
The ancestors of today's blue whales were deadly predators with rows of large, razor-sharp teeth....
 
Largest known Ichthyosaurus was pregnant
Posted 8-28-2017 | 5 comments
Palaeontologists have discovered an enormous Ichthyosaurus specimen in a German museum collection....
 
Extinct toothless dwarf dolphin unveiled
Posted 8-23-2017 | 3 comments
Scientists have identified an extinct species of mini-dolphin that lived over 30 million years ago....
 
'Frankenstein dinosaur' is 'missing link'
Posted 8-16-2017 | 0 comments
The mystery surrounding a dinosaur made up of various mismatched body parts has finally been solved....
 

 View: More news in this category
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 Unexplained-Mysteries.com 2001-2017
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ