A Jurassic eutherian mammal and divergence of marsupials and placentals

@article{Luo2011AJE,
  title={A Jurassic eutherian mammal and divergence of marsupials and placentals},
  author={Zhexi Luo and Chong-Xi Yuan and Qingjin Meng and Q. Ji},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2011},
  volume={476},
  pages={442-445}
}
Placentals are the most abundant mammals that have diversified into every niche for vertebrates and dominated the world’s terrestrial biotas in the Cenozoic. A critical event in mammalian history is the divergence of eutherians, the clade inclusive of all living placentals, from the metatherian–marsupial clade. Here we report the discovery of a new eutherian of 160 Myr from the Jurassic of China, which extends the first appearance of the eutherian–placental clade by about 35 Myr from the… Expand
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