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The Rise of the Mammals

The Rise of the Mammals

The Cenozoic Era, which began 65 million years ago and continues to the present, is also known as the Age of the Mammals, and it is the period in which warm-blooded, lactating, often furry animals diversified and spread across the globe. This radio broadcast discusses the conditions that created the opportunity for mammals to thrive; environmental factors that led to the characteristics they share (or not); and how they became the most intelligent class of animals on the planet. It also explains why placental mammals held an evolutionary advantage over marsupials; how climate affected the rise of mammals; and how placental mammals were able to adapt to colder drier climates. The broadcast is 42 minutes in length.


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