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Press Release 11-171

Fossil Discovery Represents New Milestone in Early Mammal Evolution

Northeast China fossil provides new information about earliest ancestors of today's mammals

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Illustration of the nocturnal mammal Juramaia, hunting insects on a tree fern.

Life restoration of the nocturnal mammal Juramaia, hunting insects on a tree fern.

Credit: Mark A. Klinger, Carnegie Museum of Natural History


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Illustrations of the skeleton and restoration of the new shrew-sized Jurassic mammal.

The new Jurassic mammal is shrew-sized, with a skull 22 millimeters (~3/4 of an inch) long.

Credit: Mark A. Klinger, Carnegie Museum of Natural History


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Photographs of the fossil and restored skeleton of Juramaia.

Photographic collage of the fossil and restorations of Juramaia.

Credit: Mark A. Klinger, Carnegie Museum of Natural History


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Photo of the fossil of Juramaia in a shale slab.

The fossil is preserved on a shale slab; it belongs to the Beijing Museum of Natural History.

Credit: Zhe-Xi Luo, Carnegie Museum of Natural History


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Map showing the fossil site where Juramaia was discovered, northeast of Beijing, China.

The fossil site where Juramaia was discovered, northeast of Beijing, China.

Credit: Carnegie Museum of Natural History


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