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07/29/2009 11:34 AM ID: 79926 Permalink   

Pre-Dinosaur, Tree-Climbing Mammals with Opposable "Thumbs" Discovered


Researchers have put together some data gathered from the study of a dozen complete skeletons and announced the discovery of a tree-climbing mammal that used elongated fingers and opposable "thumbs" to climb trees and get away from predators.

The skeletons were found nearly twenty years ago in Russia, in a large block of mudstone that dated back to the Late Paleozoic, about 30 million years before dinosaurs took over the planet. The mammal is known as Suminia getmanovi.

The skeletons are those of both boys and men, giving scientists a look at how the Suminia skeleton developed over time. The fact that they were buried together in the one block of stone implies they were social animals.

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Very interesting stuff!
  by: Claridus   07/29/2009 02:41 PM     
they're saying those creatures are our ancestors as well? Thats interesting!
  by: nimira     07/29/2009 03:09 PM     
It's funny how Satan and Darwin keep trying to confuse us into thinking that the world is older than 6000 years. I'm not buying it. Heheheh. Seriously though... AWESOME find. That stuff like this is still being discovered is truly fascinating.

@article: pix or it didn't happen. Come on... a skeleton, an artists rendering, something! Sheeesh. Words and no pics aren't very ADHD friendly.
  by: spiggy   07/29/2009 05:44 PM     
  From what I recall  
from my studies, mammal-like creatures had a brief flourishing before a mass extinction that wiped out all but the smallest animals and eventually gave rise to the dinosaurs. Small animals tend to do well in mass extinctions; see BIRDS.
  by: Ben_Reilly     07/29/2009 05:58 PM     
  You know what this means?:  
It means that Sarah Palin was right. She was just wrong about the timeline. HAHAHHAAHAHA.
  by: TheIdiotUpstairs   07/29/2009 08:40 PM     
  Don't be silly, we didn't evolve from monkeys  
Don't believe me? Let this informative video clip explain.
  by: caution2     07/29/2009 09:01 PM     
  predators ??  
i just wonder, 30 million years before dinosaurs, what kind of predators was it getting away from??
  by: mushroomweekly   07/29/2009 11:06 PM     
  Caution2 is right!!!!  
We evolved from Apes.
  by: sour4d20     07/30/2009 01:49 AM     
I'm no expert but if you watch any of these dinosaur shows on Discovery, they had plenty of alligator-related giant predators before the dinosaurs. They looked like alligators but on steroids.
  by: gryphon50a   07/30/2009 05:41 AM     
there also used to be giant birds like the teratorns and "thunderbirds", some people still think "thunderbirds" exist, which is really just what america and natives have called giant birds, big enough to kill people and powerful enough to carry away small humans for food; for an idea, think of an eagle or vulture (or even a pterosaur) with up to 20-26 foot wing span and up to about 175 pounds... now that must of been a true bird of prey, even the small ones were 12 foot wing span and over 30 pounds; thats bigger than today's largest flying birds.
  by: HAVOC666     07/31/2009 03:57 AM     
  Opposable thumbs, eh?  
These creatures were actually the very first Presidents of the United States of America and the predator they were escaping was known as the "Man"...

  by: bbeljefe     08/02/2009 04:39 AM     
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