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
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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