Kronopio: the prototype of the same squirrel from the «Ice Age»

Oh, how much destruction can one prehistoric squirrel bring! An acorn, driven into the ground, split the continents and made a real armagedian! But only within the cartoon. The real saber-toothed squirrel, kronopio, was much more modest than its painted prototype. Scrat appeared on the screens about 10 years earlier than the skull and teeth of his real counterpart were dug up.

A real saber-toothed squirrel, by the way, also lived much earlier than the Ice Age, when no one dreamed of acorns. Kronopio scurried under the feet of dinosaurs about 92 million years ago, that is, at the end of the Cretaceous period. But on the other hand, outwardly, the beast looked very much like a publicized image. Long, elongated muzzle, decent thin fangs and almost certainly a long fluffy tail attached to a shaggy carcass.

And all this fit into the size of a decent rat. True, it’s impossible to say for sure, because apart from the fragments of the animal’s skull, paleontologists have not found anything else. It just so happens that fossils of small animals are rarely preserved in acceptable condition. But even these pathetic fragments were able to shed light on what real saber-toothed squirrels were crushing.

This list will not include nuts and acorns, even though the jaws of the animal were clearly adapted for chewing. Cronopio preferred a more protein diet and hamstered ancient insects on both cheeks. The descendants of the prehistoric saber-toothed squirrel left this world almost simultaneously in the Miocene, approximately 17.5 million years ago, having survived at least one ice age.

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