New proto-mammal - news story - 08 Aug 2013

Hair we go

A fossil of a new animal, Megaconus mammaliaformis, will provde a great chance to see a transitional step between our pre-mammalian ancestors and our milky, hairy kin. It's only the second pre-mammalian fossil found with fur preserved.

It would have been about the size of a marmot and moved a little like an armadillo, close to the ground. From the dentition, it seems to have been omnivorous. You can read more by licking here.