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RE: Juramaia, Jurassic eutherian from China
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> Subject: Juramaia, Jurassic eutherian from China
> A Mesozoic mammal of interest:
> Zhe-Xi Luo, Chong-Xi Yuan, Qing-Jin Meng & Qiang Ji (2011)
> Jurassic eutherian mammal and divergence of marsupials and placentals.
> Nature 476: 442-445
> Placentals are the most abundant mammals that have
> diversified into every niche for vertebrates and dominated
> the world's terrestrial biotas in the Cenozoic.
> A critical event in mammalian history is the divergence of
> eutherians, the clade inclusive of all living placentals,
> from the metatherian-marsupial clade. Here we report the
> discovery of a new eutherian of 160 Myr from the
> Jurassic of China, which extends the first appearance of the
> eutherian-placental clade by about 35 Myr from the
> previous record, reducing and resolving a discrepancy between
> the previous fossil record and the molecular estimate for the
> placental-marsupial divergence. This mammal has scansorial
> forelimb features, and provides the ancestral condition for
> dental and other anatomical features of eutherians.
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And now I have to update the webnotes for class... :-)
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