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Temporal range: Early Oligocene through Early Miocene[1]
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Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Lipotyphla
Family: Proscalopidae
Genus: Proscalops
Matthew, 1901

Proscalops is an extinct genus of insect-eating mammal. Formerly placed in the defunct order Insectivora, it is now placed with the Eulipotyphla. The first and most numerous Proscalops fossils were found in the Sharps Formation of South Dakota, near Wounded Knee.[2][3] Other samples have been found in the Brule Formation of South Dakota, the Deep River Formation of Montana, and in Wyoming.[2][4]


  1. ^ "Paleobiology Database". Retrieved August 17, 2009.
  2. ^ a b Barnosky, Anthony D. (1982). "A New Species of Proscalops (Mammalia, Insectivora) from the Arikareean Deep River Formation, Meagher County, Montana". Journal of Paleontology. 56 (5): 1103–1111. JSTOR 1304567.
  3. ^ Hutchison, J. H. (1972). Review of the Insectivora from the Early Miocene Sharps Formation of South Dakota. Natural History Museum, Los Angeles County.
  4. ^ Bjork, Philip R. (1975). "Observations on Proscalops tertius (Mammalia: Insectivora) of the Upper Oligocene of South Dakota". Journal of Paleontology. 49 (5): 808–813. JSTOR 1303274.