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Dinos loss, was not mammals' gain.
The big dinosaur extinction of 65 million years ago
didn't produce a flurry of new species in the ancestry
of modern mammals after all, says a huge study that
challenges a long-standing theory.
Scientists who constructed a massive evolutionary
family tree for mammals found no sign of such a burst
of new species at that time among the ancestors of
Only mammals with no modern-day descendants showed
So it seems that dinosaurs weren't keeping mammals
down afterall (well, at least in terms of species
Time to look to the real culprit...the man. >:)
"I am impressed by the fact that we know less about many modern [reptile] types
than we do of many fossil groups." - Alfred S. Romer
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