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February 8 2013

Ancestor of All Placental Mammals Revealed


The ancestor of all placental mammalsóthe diverse lineage that includes almost all species of mammals living today, including humansówas a tiny, furry-tailed creature that evolved shortly after the dinosaurs disappeared, a new study suggests.

"These new findings call for a reevaluation of the evolutionary story of placental mammals," says Anne Yoder, an evolutionary biologist at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, who wasn't involved in the work.

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