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Re: New BBC series research
<<So, I'd love to hear from anyone about their 'favourite' beast which they
think deserves the limelight, stunning fossils that tell us a lot about a
particular species, group, or environment, unusual techniques that are
revealing new findings - anything, really! At this stage it is almost carte
/Repenomamus robustus/, a Lower Cretaceous roughly 40cm long (ignoring the
tail) triconodont mammal killer, who enjoyed (judging by the preserved
stomach content of one specimen) looking after /Psittacosaurus/ babies by
tearing them to pieces and swallwing them. Should the motherosaura have
objected, then Rep's larger sister, /R. giganticus/ (about 70cm ignoring the
tail) might have been willing to hold discussions.
/Castorocauda/, a perhaps Middle Jurassic (or maybe later) docodont mammal,
who decided to fossilize her fur, some 'extra' lower jaw bones (most
non-mammalian by today's standards, and the soft scale on its
semi-aquatically adapted tail. This is the finest fossil find of the entire
/Volaticotherium/. A Middle Jurassic (or maybe later) mammalian glider.
/Xenocretosuchus/ of Siberia and a couple of not yet described tritylodontid
Lower Cretaceous colleagues from Japan. Tis oft assumed that non-mammalian
cynodonts saw their mammalian 'descendants', and were so impressed with
mammals that the non-mammal cynos all dropped dead. Xenocret and Co
demonstrate non-mammalian cynodonts were still breeding well into the
All of those are obviously megastars and, along with /Eomaia/ (a kind of
forerunner of placentals) and /Sinodelphys/ (ditto for marsupials) the first
three mentioned are staggeringly telegenic.
"I've seen the /Castorocaudas/ of Longleat"