Amphitheriida

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Amphitheriida
Temporal range: Middle Jurassic, 176–161 Ma
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Clade: Cladotheria
Superorder: Dryolestoidea
Order: Amphitheriida
Prothero, 1981
Family: Amphitheriidae
Owen, 1846

Amphitheriida is an order of Mesozoic mammals restricted to the Middle Jurassic of Britain. They were closely related to the Dryolestids but possessed five molars instead of the usual four in Dryolestida, (with the exception of the family Dryolestidae whose members possessed between 8 and 9 molars). The Amphitheriida contains one family, the Amphitheriidae.

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Further reading[edit]

  • Zofia Kielan-Jaworowska, Richard L. Cifelli, and Zhe-Xi Luo, Mammals from the Age of Dinosaurs: Origins, Evolution, and Structure (New York: Columbia University Press, 2004), 14,395.
  • Close RA., Davis BM., Walsh S., Wolniewicz AS., Friedman M. and Benson RB. 2016. A lower jaw of Palaeoxonodon from the Middle Jurassic of the Isle of Skye, Scotland, sheds new light on the diversity of British stem therians. Palaeontology, 59, 155-169