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Scientists discover 3 new mammals that lived alongside dinosaurs
Scientists discover 3 new mammals that lived alongside dinosaurs

In rocky outcroppings near a cornfield in northern China, paleontologists have unearthed three species of squirrel-like mammals that lived at the same time as the dinosaurs. Remarkably complete skeletons of the three new species -- Shenshou lui, Xianshou linglong and Xianshou songae -- were found in pieces of sandstone that date back 160 million years. Their discovery lends support to the theory that the population of mammals that lived among the dinosaurs was more diverse than previously thought. "There was this idea that mammals were these miserable small little things living in the shadow of the dinosaurs, and that picture has changed quite a lot," said paleontologist Jin...

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