New Fossil Research Sheds Light On How Post-Dinosaur Life Evolved
Why exactly some animal groups survived and others bit the dust is still one of paleontology’s biggest mysteries.
New fossil research is now helping scientists peer back through time, offering glimmers of what might have been, – how some animals made it through one of the worst extinction events the planet has ever seen — and how mammals, in particular, came to dominate.
Sussing out animals’ survival strategies could offer hints about how animals today might handle a changing climate, Brusatte says.
It might even expose the evolutionary drivers that shaped modern life. After the extinction, evolution went wild, he says. The survivors “had a new world to play in — a new world to conquer”.