Early meat-eater may have led to larger plant-eaters

By Ashley Yeager, 13:49 PM April 15, 2014

The newly identified Eocasea martini didn’t inspire the adult beverage that shares its name, but the small barrel-bodied creature may have set the stage for later, much larger animals to become plant-eaters.

A roughly 300 million-year-old fossil of E. martini found in Kansas suggests that the early proto-mammal munched on meat. But species similar in body structure that came after E. martini were vegetarians, which could mean that the later plant-lovers evolved from the smaller, earlier meat-e...

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