FOSSIL remains of the oldest-known ancestors of most modern mammals – including humans – have been found in cliffs along the Dorset coast.
The extinct shrew-like creatures, which used to scamper across the feet of dinosaurs, date back 145 million years.
And scientists say the remains are the earliest undisputed fossils of mammals; belonging to a chain of evolution that extended to man.
Described as “shrew-like things” by scientists, they were tiny, furry creatures and “unequivocally” the earliest ancestors of humans.
The teeth of the little rodent-type creatures were said to be very advanced and capable of piercing, cutting and crushing food; possibly a diet of insects and plants; they were likely to have been nocturnal.