February 28, 2006

BEEN BUSY FOR QUITE AWHILE, EH? (via Tom Corcoran):

'Jurassic beaver' found in China (BBC, 2/28/06)

The discovery of a beaver-like fossil that lived when the dinosaurs ruled the Earth could challenge some currently accepted ideas on mammal evolution.

Castorocauda lutrasimilis, which was unearthed in China, is a species previously unknown to science. [...]

The fossil was found in the Middle Jurassic Jiulongshan Formation, a deposit rich in the remains of dinosaurs, early insects and other organisms.

The creature had fur, a broad scaly tail, and webbed feet for swimming. It was about the size of a small female platypus and had seal-like teeth for eating fish.

Castorocauda lutrasimilis resembled a modern-day beaver, but belonged to a group that became extinct long before rodents appeared.


Posted by Orrin Judd at February 28, 2006 5:44 PM
Comments

Must have been a deadline panic, otherwise they wouldn't have dropped the picture.

Posted by: Peter B at February 28, 2006 6:17 PM

They knew it was a beaver from all the empty "Double-Double" cups (with the rims rolled up) strewn nearby.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at February 28, 2006 6:51 PM
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