Out of the Shadows

Not all early mammals were shy and retiring

By Sid Perkins, 15:54 PM April 15, 2008

Only a few years ago, it was easy to pity the mammals that lived during the Age of Dinosaurs. Most paleontologists presumed that those tiny, shrewlike creatures, ecologically marginalized by their reptilian oppressors, thrived only by remaining out of sight. Perhaps relegated to a nocturnal lifestyle, these creatures scurried about furtively and ate insects, worms, and other invertebrates.

But a recent flurry of fossil finds is giving lie to that image. New and more nearly complete specimens ...

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