Scientists discover fossil of bizarre groundhog-like mammal on Madagascar

Artist's reconstruction of the huge groundhog-like animal that once lived on Madagascar. Paleontologists have discovered an almost complete skull of a previously unknown mammal that likely resembled a large modern-day groundhog and lived alongside dinosaurs.The species, found on Madagascar, is shaking up theories of early mammal evolution and diversity. Stony Brook University paleontologist David Krause led the research team, which reports its findings in today's issue of the journal Nature. The new fossil mammal is named Vintana sertichi. ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=133092&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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