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November 22 2012

Mystery Mammal Survived Dino Extinction


A molelike mammal nicknamed the "grave robber" survived the event that killed the dinosaurs, new research finds.

Necrolestes patagonensis, whose name translates in part to "grave robber," was among the mammals that lived through the dinosaur mass extinction. The new study finds that the creature lived 45 million years longer than paleontologists realized.

Necrolestes was first discovered in fossil form in the Patagonia region of South America in 1891, but little was known about the animal, study researcher John Wible, a mammalogist at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, said in a statement.

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