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Temporal range: Early Pliocene to Holocene
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Gliridae
Subfamily: Leithiinae
Genus: Hypnomys
  • H. mahonensis
  • H. morpheus
  • H. eliomyoides
  • H. onycensis
  • H. waldreni

Hypnomys, otherwise known as Balearic giant dormice, is an extinct genus of dormouse, from the family Gliridae.[1] Its species are considered examples of insular gigantism.[2] This genus contains the following species:[3]

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  1. ^ Bover, Pere; Alcover, Josep A.; Michaux, Jacques J.; Hautier, Lionel; Hutterer, Rainer (2010-12-31). "Body Shape and Life Style of the Extinct Balearic Dormouse Hypnomys (Rodentia, Gliridae): New Evidence from the Study of Associated Skeletons". PLoS ONE. 5 (12). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0015817. ISSN 1932-6203. PMC 3013122free to read. PMID 21209820. 
  2. ^ Orlandi-Oliveras, Guillem; Jordana, Xavier; Moncunill-Solé, Blanca; Köhler, Meike (2016-01-01). "Bone histology of the giant fossil dormouse Hypnomys onicensis (Gliridae, Rodentia) from Balearic Islands". Comptes Rendus Palevol. Current advances in paleohistology: A tribute to a generation of Frenchpaleohistologists. 15 (1–2): 238–244. doi:10.1016/j.crpv.2015.05.001. 
  3. ^ Geer, Alexandra van der; Lyras, George; Vos, John de; Dermitzakis, Michael (2011-02-14). Evolution of Island Mammals: Adaptation and Extinction of Placental Mammals on Islands. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 9781444391282.