In Photos: Mammals Through Time

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Cute Mammal

Credit: Illustration by April Isch, University of Chicago
The 160-million-year-old fossil of an extinct rodentlike creature, now called Rugosodon eurasiaticus, from China is helping to explain how multituberculates…Read More »

— the most evolutionarily successful and long-lived mammalian lineage in the fossil record — achieved their dominance.

Like most early nocturnal mammals, R. eurasiaticus was active at night. This reconstruction shows Rugosodon searching for food among ferns and cycads on the lakeshores in the darkness.    Less «
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