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New details leaked about the newly discovered ‘crazy beast’ that’s unlike anything we’ve seen before

Scientists shared new details about the “crazy beast” fossils discovered earlier this year

Scientists shared new details about the ‘crazy beast’ Adalatherium discovered earlier this year.
Scientists shared new details about the “crazy beast” Adalatherium fossils discovered earlier this year.
Andrey Atuchin

Researchers recently released new details about the “crazy beast” mammal they discovered about eight months ago.

Context:

Back in April, scientists revealed that they had discovered a 66-million-year-old fossil that represented a new species called adalatherium, which translates to “crazy beast,” according to USA Today.

Scientists accidentally discovered the species in Madagascar, where they were trying to uncover a crocodile skeleton, the Deseret News reported.

At the time, Guillermo Rougier of the University of Louisville said in a statement the creature “has teeth for which we have no parallel.”

Researchers said the creature was likely the size of a badger.

Why it matters now

The researchers said in the newly-published research that the creature “is the most complete and best-preserved of any Mesozoic mammaliaform from Gondwana.”

Dr. David Krause and Dr. Simone Hoffmann, who worked on the new research, said the creature is an important part of evolutionary research.

  • “Adalatherium is an important piece in a very large puzzle on early mammalian evolution in the southern hemisphere, one in which most of the other pieces are still missing,” said Hoffmann.