Friday, 5 September 2014

Ancient mammal relatives were active at night 100 million years before origin of mammals

Date:
September 3, 2014

Source:
Field Museum

Most living mammals are active at night (or nocturnal), and many other mammal species are active during twilight conditions. It has long been thought that the transition to nocturnality occurred at about the same time as mammals evolved, around 200 million years ago. This thinking was based on on features such as the large brains of mammals (good for processing information from senses like hearing, touch, and smell) and the details of light-sensitive chemicals in the eyes of mammals.



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