With dinosaurs, a surprisingly large mammal. He got the name crazy invites

The fauna and flora of Madagascar is interesting not only today, but has been remarkable in the past. This is evidenced by a 66 million-year-old mammal, which was described in the journal Nature this week.

Vtin’s idea of ​​a time when the end of the Mesozoic was slowly approaching speaks of mammals being along the side of the dinosaur with a marginal darkness that reached a small stratum. For some time now, however, this view has been marred by some discoveries. The latest one describes a creature that, according to the reconstruction, looked like a badger.

The discovery is led by David Kraus, who has always held the position of senior curator at the Denver Museum.

Paleontologists have discovered an unusually well-preserved fossil called the adalatherium hui on the ground of present-day Madagascar. The island broke away from the mainland 88 million years ago and its isolation gave rise to an ad vjimench species.

The description of a new mammal called Adalaterium, which is peloen from Malagasy and Greek and means crazy invites, is based on the discovery of a dark skeleton, which is incredibly preserved for a long time. The skeleton is in this respect the fullest of all skeletal finds of Mesolithic mammals, which was discovered in another hemisphere, Krause explains on the museum’s website.

According to the BBC, the prehistoric mammal of the dinosaur is about the size of a coca, similar to another Didelphodon mammal, which is estimated to be about three kilograms. The leader surprised with his wonderful anatomy, which is unparalleled between the days.

This creature was sometimes 72.166 million years ago at a time when it was living with plants. Estimation is based on the fact that the skeleton was found in the rocks dated to the end when.

With its long body and mole and thick tail, it looked most like a badger on the outside. Before the predators he hid in the burrows, thanks to the emu he could probably reach an unusual size. It is estimated that there were hundreds of mammals at the time.

Its unique and bizarre features are often explained in relation to other mammals, said David Krause in the journal Nature, where his discovery was published.

Illustration of truths

Illustration of the probable appearance of a Mesopotamian mammal Adalatherium hui.

While the animal’s front legs were just under the body, as in most mammals, its hind legs were set more sideways, as in reptiles. Therefore, when walking, he moved from side to side as well as the plasma.

So under the surface we would add a lot of weirdness. In the area of ​​the snout, for example, septomaxil bone is an element that appears to have disappeared in the line leading to modern mammals hundreds of millions of years ago from the point of view of Adalatherium.

His skull contained an invisible hole (formine) in mammals, through which nerves and coils led and captured very sensitive eyes. In addition, there was one large hole at the top of the snout, which is unique and was not observed in a living or dead mammal.

Compared to other Mesolithic mammals, it had more female vertebrae and thus a part of the trunk. Its front teeth are similar to those of rodents, but the structure is cast. According to the scientists, the overall body structure invites you to a modern level.

Adalatherium belongs to extinct groups of mammals called Gondwanatherian, because they are known only from the ancient other supercontinent of Gondwana. Gondwansk fossils were first found in Argentina in the 1980s, but have since appeared in Africa, India, the Antarctic Peninsula and Madagascar.

Before the discovery of the complete skeleton of Adalatheria, gondwanatherian were known only from isolated teeth and fragments of elists, with the exception of the skull from Madagascar, which Krause and his darkness described in 2014.