Scelidotheriinae

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Scelidotheriinae
Temporal range: Pleistocene .781–.011Ma
Scelidotherium leptocephalum. Paris.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Subclass: Theria
Infraclass: Eutheria
Superorder: Xenarthra
Order: Pilosa
Suborder: Folivora (partim)
Family: Mylodontidae
Subfamily: Scelidotheriinae
(Ameghino, 1889) Gaudin, 1995
Genera
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Scelidotheriinae is a subfamily of extinct ground sloths within the order Pilosa, suborder Folivora and family Mylodontidae, related to the other extinct mylodontid subfamilies, Lestodontinae and Mylodontinae. The only extant families of the suborder Folivora are Bradypodidae and Megalonychidae. Erected as the family Scelidotheriidae by Ameghino in 1889, the taxon was demoted to a subfamily by Gaudin in 1995.[1][2]

Together with the rest of Mylodontidae and the engimatic Pseudoprepotherium, the scelidotheriines form the superfamily Mylodontoidea. Chubutherium is an ancestral and very plesiomorphic member of this subfamily and does not belong to the main group of closely related genera.

SUBFAMILY †SCELIDOTHERIINAE (Ameghino, 1889) Gaudin, 1995

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Gaudin, T. J. (1995-09-14). "The Ear Region of Edentates and the Phylogeny of the Tardigrada (Mammalia, Xenarthra)". Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 15 (3): 672–705. JSTOR 4523658. 
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