Artist’s rendering of an early mammal called a mammaliamorph
Warm-Bloodedness in Mammals May Have Arisen in Late Triassic
Researchers mapped ear canal shape to body temperature to predict when ancestors of mammals first became endothermic.
Warm-Bloodedness in Mammals May Have Arisen in Late Triassic
Warm-Bloodedness in Mammals May Have Arisen in Late Triassic

Researchers mapped ear canal shape to body temperature to predict when ancestors of mammals first became endothermic.

Researchers mapped ear canal shape to body temperature to predict when ancestors of mammals first became endothermic.

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Close-up of the head of the Aldabra Giant Tortoise. Her face is dirty from eating grass on a sandy beach.
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Illustration of a Tyrannosaurus rex on a rock on a mountain
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