Mammals evolved faster in the Dinosaur era than any other

Mammals evolved faster in the Dinosaur era than any other
Credit: April Neander

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - We all know that every creature on this planet has evolved in some sort of way. We has humans have evolved to walk, speak and out think any other animal on the planet, but it has taken thousands of years to do so. Well if we were around during the Jurassic era, we could have evolved much faster.

An article published in Current Biology, states that mammals evolved ten times faster during the Jurassic period than any other period. The earliest mammals lived side by side with dinosaurs, but we (mammals) evolved faster than any other animal group during that time.

Dr. Roger Close of Oxford stated in the article: "What our study suggests is that mammal 'experimentation' with different body-plans and tooth types peaked in the mid-Jurassic. This period of radical change produced characteristic body shapes that remained recognizable for tens of millions of years."

A group of mammals called Multituberculates (rodent like mammals) saw changes to skeletons and teeth at a rate never seen and evolved so fast, it is hard to recognize them from the beginning of the Jurassic period compared to the end of the Jurassic period.

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