By Natural Philosopher Mike Prestwood
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Mammals: First Live Births

Mammals: First Live Births

From Year 0 (BCE/CE): -185000000
Post Date: 04/01/2024

An example of early live birth is the protomammal Kayentatherium, Jurassic period. This cynodont is related to early mammals and its clutch size suggested egg-laying, providing clues about the transition to live birth. The switch to live birth in mammals, including marsupials and placentals, likely evolved once at their common ancestor, suggesting live birth in mammals has a deep evolutionary history.

 

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