In Cisco, Utah, a discovery of a new mammal similar to the reptile has changed the way of Scientists looking at the history. Paleontologists in 2006 had found an undamaged skull, but it is recently, that the investigators are done with the identification of the species and its migration.
The mammal got its name derived from the paleontologist, Richard Cifelli, who found it, and named “Cifellidon Wahkarmoosuch.” The skull was 130M years old, it shows it belongs to Mesozoic Era and based on the size of the skull, it is evaluated that the animal was very big compared to others in its species. The mammal also has legs, which means it can burrow.
James Kirkland, Paleontologist, Utah, said, “A lot of species of that era were able to burrow to safeguard them from the steps of big dinosaurs.” The discovered mammal is of a size of a rabbit, which is like a Godzilla for a Mesozoic mammal.”
Kirkland further added, however, the skull was discovered in Cisco, Utah, the teeth of the same animal were discovered in North Africa. This indicated that before the continental split which happened millions of years ago, the mammal migrated from one place to another.
The recent finding of the study, which was executed on the same animal’s fossils, which were found on two different continents, also challenges the phenomenon of geologists’ history of Pangaea.
Kirkland further said, “These mammals were not possibly swimming, these animals at least were hopping around the island between these continents and indicate the connection. This finding is really exciting, as it brought us back in ages at least 15M years ago that we were considering there would be any sort of connections in the southern hemisphere. In fact, we have the proofs that the connection was there a little later than ever known to us.”
The new mammal was available for display in “Past Worlds Gallery”, at Natural History Museum, Utah.