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"Ancient Fossil Is Found on Danish Island"
The University of Lund, Sweden has a press release today stating that yet
another fossil tooth has been found on the island of Bornholm, Denmark. The new
find is from a 145 ma old multituberculate mammal.
The news realese is in Swedish, though.
The news in English can be found here,
STOCKHOLM, Sweden - A Swedish geologist has found what appears to be the oldest
known fossil from a mammal ever found in Scandinavia ? a 145-million-year-old
tooth from a prehistoric rodent, a Swedish university said Thursday.
The tooth was found in the southern part of the Danish island Bornholm during
excavations by Johan Lindgren, a geologist at Lund University in southern
Before the discovery, the oldest mammal fossils found in Scandinavia were
between 20 million and 30 million years old, the university said in a
Dated back to 145 million years ago, the tooth seems to be of a similar age to
the oldest mammal fossils found in other parts of the world, Lindgren said.
The shape of the tooth suggests it was a small rodent, about 10 centimeters
(four inches) long, he said.
"We don't know for sure what this animal ate, but it probably was a herbivore ?
a small, primitive, mouse-like animal that lived in the shadow of the big
dinosaurs, and that was probably food for many of the predatory dinosaurs."
Jan C. van Dijk