Escavadodon

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Escavadodon
Temporal range: Early Paleocene (Torrejonian)
~63.3–61.7 Ma
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Escavadodontidae
Genus:
Escavadodon
Type species
Escavadodon zygus
Rose & Lucas 2000

Escavadodon is an extinct genus of pangolin-like insectivorous mammal which was endemic to North America during the Early Paleocene (Torrejonian in the NALMA classification), from approximately 63.3 to 61.7 Ma, existing for approximately 1.6 million years.[1]

Taxonomy[edit]

The monotypic family Escavadodontidae was erected by Rose and Lucas in 2000 to hold the primitive palaeanodont they named Escavadodon zygus, recovered from the Nacimiento Formation of New Mexico.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Paleobiology Database: Escavadodontidae basic info.
  2. ^ Rose, Kenneth D.; Lucas, Spencer G. (2000). "An early Paleocene palaeanodont (Mammalia, ?Pholidota) from New Mexico, and the origin of Palaeanodonta". Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. 20 (1): 139–156. doi:10.1671/0272-4634(2000)020[0139:AEPPMP]2.0.CO;2. ISSN 0272-4634.