Doyle Rice, USA TODAY Published 4:14 p.m. ET Nov. 7, 2017
Before we were apes, we were rats.
Fossils of the oldest mammals related to mankind — small rat-like creatures — have been discovered in southern England, a new study released Tuesday reports.
The fossils were two teeth from the critters, which lived 145 million years ago in the shadow of the dinosaurs.
“The teeth are undoubtedly the earliest yet known from the line of mammals that led to our own species,” said study lead author Steve Sweetman of the University of Portsmouth in the U.K., in a statement.
In addition to humans, he said the animals are also the ancestors to most mammals alive today, including creatures as diverse as the blue whale and the pigmy shrew.
Sweetman thinks the mammals were small, furry creatures and most likely nocturnal. One, a possible burrower, probably ate insects and the larger may have also eaten plants.
“The teeth are of a highly advanced type that can pierce, cut and crush food,” he said. “They are also very worn which suggests the animals to which they belonged lived to a good age for their species. No mean feat when you’re sharing your habitat with predatory dinosaurs!”
The teeth were discovered by an undergraduate student, Grant Smith, who was sifting through rocks and fossils in Swanage, Dorset, England, when he found the teeth. Smith showed them to his professor, who then showed them to Sweetman, a mammal expert.
“The teeth are of a type so highly evolved that I realized straight away I was looking at remains of Early Cretaceous mammals,” said Sweetman.
One of the new species has been named Durlstotherium newmani in honor of Charlie Newman, the landlord of a pub near where the fossils were discovered.
Publisher’s Note: (Once a person gets off compass, they may wind up anywhere. Here is a perfect example of the words of Paul the Apostle at Rom 1:21 – “Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
Now we have moved even lower than apes to rats. No wonder men are now acting like rats, even gnawing on each other.” The scriptures speak of those who, “curse children.” Can you imagine how God will deal with these evolutionists that are teaching school children such vile garbage and passing it off as science at the tax payers expense? No wonder the Lord Jesus said, “But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.”)
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