Epoicotheriidae

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Epoicotheriidae
Temporal range: 37–9Ma
Eocene
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Pholidota
Suborder: Palaeanodonta
Family: Epoicotheriidae
Simpson 1927
Genera[1]

Alocodontulum
Auroratherium
Dipassalus
Epoicotherium
Tetrapassalus
Tubulodon
Xenocranium

Epoicotheriidae is an extinct family of pangolin-like insectivore mammals which were endemic to North America from the Eocene to the Oligocene 55.4—33.9 Ma existing for approximately 21.5 million years.[2] Epoicotheriids were highly specialized animals that were convergent on golden moles in the structure of their skulls and forelimbs, and would have had a similar lifestyle as subterranean burrowers.

Taxonomy[edit]

Epoicotheriidae was named by Simpson in (1927). It was assigned to the Palaeanodonta by Rose (1978)[3] and Carroll (1988)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Classification of the family Epoicotheriidae". Paleobiology Database. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  2. ^ Paleobiology Database: Epoicotheriidae basic info.
  3. ^ Rose, Kenneth D. (1978). "A New Paleocene Epoicotheriid (Mammalia), with Comments on the Palaeanodonta". Journal of Paleontology 52 (3): 658–674.