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(Christian Science Monitor)   Old and busted: Rock paper scissors. New hotness: Dinosaurs mammals rodents   (csmonitor.com) divider line 22
    More: Interesting, mammals, dinosaurs, rodents, largest animals, Cretaceous Period, northeastern China, Liaoning Province, possums  
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2013-08-20 01:17:50 AM
We always played Chainsaw, Bowling ball, Particle board.

And I'm pretty sure rodents are mammals.
 
2013-08-20 01:59:59 AM
... lizard Spock.
 
2013-08-20 02:04:00 AM
Are rodents not mammals. No, I have not read the farking article yet.
 
2013-08-20 02:11:24 AM
Woman inherits the earth?
 
2013-08-20 02:18:27 AM
...and majestic as fark

gianthamster.com
 
2013-08-20 02:21:01 AM
New Hotness: Jew Christian Muslim
 
2013-08-20 02:27:16 AM

Harry_Seldon: ...and majestic as fark

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It's obvious to any man that a rodent who wears that hat ain't afraid of nothing.
 
2013-08-20 02:41:25 AM
Earth Wind and Fire
 
2013-08-20 03:10:45 AM
They answer their own question at the end. Rodents simply outbred the multituber-whatevers.
 
2013-08-20 04:24:38 AM

sendtodave: ... lizard Spock.


This.
 
2013-08-20 05:11:35 AM
Rodents are mammals.
 
2013-08-20 05:35:30 AM

gadian: Harry_Seldon: ...and majestic as fark

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It's obvious to any man that a rodent who wears that hat ain't afraid of nothing.


whatthecraft.com
 
2013-08-20 05:46:55 AM
Found in Liaoning province, in northeastern China

So are we going with "probably fake" or "definitely fake" on this one, then?  Fossils from China are kind of like fragments of the true cross from 12th century churches.
 
2013-08-20 05:58:08 AM
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2013-08-20 06:00:44 AM

unlikely: We always played Chainsaw, Bowling ball, Particle board.


You're going to have to talk me through this one. Does the particle board confine the bowling ball somehow?
 
2013-08-20 07:10:53 AM
came here to point out that rodents are mammals...  now going to go read some of the article...
 
2013-08-20 07:38:07 AM

Lukeonia1: unlikely: We always played Chainsaw, Bowling ball, Particle board.

You're going to have to talk me through this one. Does the particle board confine the bowling ball somehow?


I'm assuming the particle borad re-directs the bowling ball like a ramp or something.
 
2013-08-20 08:12:30 AM
Bears. Beets. Battlestar Galactica.
 
2013-08-20 09:30:32 AM

Lukeonia1: unlikely: We always played Chainsaw, Bowling ball, Particle board.

You're going to have to talk me through this one. Does the particle board confine the bowling ball somehow?


The point of it was that in the modern world there's never a clear winner.

Bowling ball blunts chainsaw but it gets scratched up
Chainsaw slaughters particle board but the chain gets gummed
Particle board stops Bowling ball but it gets warped and cracked
 
2013-08-20 10:25:02 AM
You said "mammals" twice.
 
2013-08-20 02:40:29 PM
Quartz, Parchment, Shears?

Anyone? Anyone?
 
2013-08-21 01:26:26 PM
Old and busted: Rock paper scissors. New hotness: Dinosaurs multituberculate mammals rodents

FTFSubby--multituberculates were, last I checked, considered true mammals and not protomammalian therapsids, and rodents were still well within Mammalia (and even considered the sister group to primates; yes, one of your closest non-lemur, non-monkey relatives IS the famous Fark Squirrel of Formidable Testicles :D).

And for those of you wondering "What the hell is a multituberculate?"...it's a group of mammals that went extinct about 35mya but up until then were pretty much the most successful mammals that had ever existed (yes, even more so than our PRESENT mammaliform clades).  The big question is where they fit with the rest of mammals (either they're ancestors to the therian mammals--the marsupial-placental critter clade--or a sister group), so they usually are placed in a fourth clade of mammals besides placentals, marsupials, and monotremes.  (We don't quite have enough fossilised soft tissue to know where they fit in for sure otherwise; we think they could have been pouched like marsupials because their pelvises are more similar to marsupial pelvises than monotreme pelvises and aren't nearly wide enough for placental birth.  Ah, if we only had a time machine...)

Basically think of them as proto-marsupial rodent-analogues, and you get the basic idea of their ecological niche (and pretty much it was competition from Rodentia that did them in, as the article notes)--but they did have a good long period of being around, even more so than monotremes, so the little not-rat-things do deserve props for this :D
 
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