Birbalomys

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Birbalomys
Temporal range: Early Eocene–Middle Eocene
Conservation status
Fossil
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Suborder: Hystricomorpha
Family: Chapattimyidae
Genus: Birbalomys
Sahni & Khare, 1973
Species

Birbalomys is an extinct genus of rodent from Asia.

The 30 centimetres (12 in) long creature has been thought to have been a member of the extant gundi family, but reconstructions of its physical appearance are highly speculative.[1] Some paleontologists[who?] consider Birbalomys to be the most primitive true rodent, related to the ancestors of all members of the order Rodentia.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Palmer, D., ed. (1999). The Marshall Illustrated Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animals. London: Marshall Editions. p. 285. ISBN 1-84028-152-9.