Uncovering the Secrets of the Adalatherium

What kind of creature would you dream up if you were asked to describe a “crazy beast”?

Do you picture a great hairy being… a small stealthy critter…  how about a mammal that roamed the earth somewhere between 72–66 million years ago?

The Adalatherium hui – a name that loosely translates to ‘crazy beast’ – is a mammal unlike any we have today, who lived many millions of years ago.  A complete fossilised skeleton of the creature was found more than 2 decades ago, but today for the first time ever an official description of the crazy beast has been released.

To find out more about this fascinating creature and its significance in the study of evolution we were joined by Alistair Evans, Associate Professor at Monash University’s School of Biological Sciences.



Check out Alistair’s article on The Conversation to see what artists think the Adalatherium may have looked like.

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