Contact: Leigh Kish
Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Caption: The Miocene mammal Necrolestes patagonensis ventures out of its burrow 16 million years ago in Patagonia, present-day Argentina. Necrolestes is now recognized as a member of a group long thought to have become extinct shortly after the extinction of the large dinosaurs at the end of the Cretaceous period.
Credit: Reconstruction by Jorge Gonzalez, copyright Guillermo W. Rougier for PNAS use as needed.
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