Pholidocercus

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Pholidocercus
Temporal range: Early Eocene
HMNS Pholidocercus hassiacus.jpg
P. hassiacus at the HMNS
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Erinaceomorpha
Family: Amphilemuridae
Genus: Pholidocercus
von Koenigswald and Storch, 1983
Species: P. hassiacus
Binomial name
Pholidocercus hassiacus
von Koenigswald and Storch, 1983
Fossil at Museo di Storia Naturale, Milano
Restoration

Pholidocercus is an extinct monotypic genus of mammal related to and resembling the modern-day hedgehog with a single species Pholidocercus hassiacus. Like the hedgehog, it was covered in thin spines. Unlike hedgehogs, it had scales on its head in a helmet-like formation, and had a long, thick, scaled tail. P. hassiacus has been found in the Messel Pit.

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