posted on Jan, 12 2005 @ 10:17 PM
Like everyone else here, I was taught, as a kid, that all early mammals were small, that they were always hiding from dinosaurs, and that they
probably only survived because their warm-blooded nature was advantageous in a post-asteroid strike world. They -- We -- gained dominance throughout
the world due to luck, alone.
Well... two new fossils from China suggest that there were reasonably large mammals that actively hunted dinosaurs:
Though some have always thoughts that early mammals could eat dino eggs at night, pretty much no one thought that there were any mammals large enough
to take on active, mobile dinosaurs (even the smaller ones).
I wonder if the combination of the ability to hunt at night (for warm-blooded mammals) and speed and strength that was sufficient to kill most small
dinosaurs is what, ultimately, undermined the rule of the thunder lizards?
[edit on 12-1-2005 by onlyinmydreams]