Student finds fossils of human’s oldest known relatives in Dorset

Student finds fossils of human’s oldest known relatives in Dorset
 

A student has stumbled across the remains of two rat-like creatures understood to be the oldest known ancestors of humans have been discovered in Dorset.
The small furry creatures scurried in the shadow of the dinosaurs 145 million years ago and scientists believe they can trace a direct evolutionary line from the ancient mammals to people living today.
Two teeth belonging to two different species were sifted out of samples of Cretaceous period rock collected from exposed cliffs near Swanage.
Dr Steve Sweetman, from the University of Portsmouth, said his ‘jaw dropped’ when one of the... read more

 
7 November 2017 in Hot News, Views: 45
Source: Metro
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