Sphenopsalis

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Sphenopsalis
Temporal range: Paleocene
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Multituberculata
Superfamily: Taeniolabidoidea
Family: Lambdopsalidae[1]
Genus: Sphenopsalis
Species: S. nobilis
Binomial name
Sphenopsalis nobilis
Matthew, Granger & Simpson, 1928

Sphenopsalis is a genus of extinct mammal from the Paleocene of Central Asia. It was a member of the extinct order Multituberculata, and lies within the suborder Cimolodonta and the superfamily Taeniolabidoidea. The genus was named by William Diller Matthew, W. Granger and George Gaylord Simpson in 1928.

The one known species, Sphenopsalis nobilis, was also named by Matthew, Granger and Simpson in 1928. It was found in Upper Paleocene strata of Gashato and Nomogen of Mongolia and China. The American Museum of Natural History in New York City has a specimen in its collection.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Thomas E. Williamson, Stephen L. Brusatte, Ross Secord, Sarah Shelley, A new taeniolabidoid multituberculate (Mammalia) from the middle Puercan of the Nacimiento Formation, New Mexico, and a revision of taeniolabidoid systematics and phylogeny, 5 OCT 2015, doi: 10.1111/zoj.12336
  • Matthew, et al. (1928), "Paleocene Multituberculates from Mongolia". Am. Museum Novitates 331, p. 1-4.
  • Kielan-Jaworowska Z. and Hurum J.H. (2001), "Phylogeny and Systematics of Multituberculate Mammals". Paleontology 44, p. 389-429.
  • Much of this information is derived from [1] MESOZOIC MAMMALS: Eucosmodontidae, Microcosmodontidae and Taeniolabidoidea, an Internet directory.