Hobbit creature suggests rapid evolution of mammals after dinosaur extinction

Research published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Systematic Palaeontology describes the discovery of three new species of ancient creatures from the dawn of modern mammals, and hints at rapid evolution immediately after the mass extinction of the dinosaurs. These prehistoric mammals roamed North America during the earliest Paleocene Epoch, within just a few hundred thousand years of the Cretaceous-Paleogene boundary that wiped out the dinosaurs. Their discovery suggests mammals diversified more rapidly after the mass extinction than previously thought. New-to-science, the creatures discovered are Miniconus jeanninae, Conacodon hettingeri, and Beornus…

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