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Zalambdalestes
Fossil range: Late Cretaceous
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Zalambdalestes lechei skull and lower jaw, Museum of Evolution Warsaw.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Superorder: Anagalida?
Family: †Zalambdalestidae
Genus: Zalambdalestes
Gregory & Simpson, 1926
Species
  • Z. lechei Gregory & Simpson, 1926 (type)

Zalambdalestes was a placental mammal living during the Upper Cretaceous in Mongolia. It is one of the oldest examples of a placental mammal known, and would have lived alongside the dinosaurs.

Life restoration of Zalambdalestes lechei

Zalambdalestes was a shrew-like animal with a long snout, long teeth, a small brain and large eyes. It was about 20 centimetres (8 in) long, with a head only 5 centimetres (2 in) long. It had strong front paws and even stronger rear ones, but its claws were not opposable, so it is unlikely to have climbed trees. Its diet was probably composed mainly of insects that it hunted in the forest undergrowth using its sharp, interlocking teeth.[1]

References

  1. ^ Palmer, D., ed (1999). The Marshall Illustrated Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animals. London: Marshall Editions. p. 201. ISBN 1-84028-152-9.  

External links

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