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Chinese fossil sheds light on early evolution

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor July 20, 2019 16:50

Chinese fossil sheds light on early evolution

A Sino-foreign paleontological team announced that they discovered a skeleton of a small-sized mammal ancestor, preserved with a tiny hyoid bone that helps mammals chew and swallow. The 164-million-year-old Middle Jurassic fossil was discovered from the city of Ningcheng, north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. The researchers named it Microdocodon, which appeared millions of years before the emergence of true mammals. The Shenyang Normal University in northeast China’s Liaoning Province has convened the research team including scholars from Yale University, the University of Chicago from the United States and the Institute of Geosciences, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universitat Bonn in Germany for six years of research on the fossil.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor July 20, 2019 16:50