Evolutionists would not expect to find many mammal fossils in the Triassic strata, as they thought the few mouse like creatures began diversifying in the Jurassic.
Now, research published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that they were wrong, although the direction might be a bit of a surprise.
Charles Choi writes in Live Science:
“Three-dimensional computer models of fossils from a tiny mouse-size creature that lived about 210 million years ago in what is now Greenland clear up a long-standing mammal mystery. The high-tech analysis of the fossils suggests that mammals originated more than 30 million years more recently than previously suggested, the researchers say.
Paleontologists analyzed fossils of haramiyids, extinct relatives of modern mammals that lived about 210 million years ago.”
Live Science says that this discovery “uproots the mammal family tree”.