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
Researchers recently released new details about the “crazy beast” mammal they discovered about eight months ago.
- A study about the mammal’s fossils was originally published in the journal Nature back in April. New details were shared in a special issue of Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Memoir Series, which was published on Friday, according to CNN.
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.
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.”
- “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.