(National Geographic News)
The researchers anticipate tiny Fruitafossor will enjoy great stature in the study of early mammal evolution. Until recently most dinosaur-era mammals were believed to be simple, ground-dwelling insect eaters. Fruitafossor, however, appears poised to change that perception.
Fruitafossor’s Popeye-like forearms not only allowed the animal to burrow for insects but possibly to hide from Stegosaurus, Allosaurus, and other large dinosaurs of the day.
Or as some scientists like to call them, Bluto and Brutus.