Fossil remains of dinosaurs and other vertebrates are now relatively commonplace, but details of what happened immediately after the asteroid strike have been in short supply. The path from mass extinction through to the rise of the mammals – and, eventually, human life – was uncertain. Now, though, a new cache of fossils could provide the answers for the million year period after the death of the dinosaurs.
“Inside were skulls of mammals from the early generations of survivors of the mass extinction,” the museum explains. “Finding even a single skull from this era is a coup. In fact, most of what is understood from this era is based on tiny fragments of fossils, such as pieces of mammal teeth.”
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