Temporal range: Mid Paleocene-Early Eocene (Peligran-Casamayoran)
|Mandible with first and second molars|
Scillato-Yané & R. Pascual, 1984
(Scillato-Yané & R. Pascual, 1984)
|Location of Sudamerica discovery: Punta Peligro, Argentina|
Sudamerica, literally "South America" in Spanish, is a genus of mammal from the extinct suborder Gondwanatheria that lived in Patagonia, Argentina (Salamanca Formation) and Antarctica (La Meseta Formation) from the Middle Paleocene (Peligran), just after the end of the "Age of Dinosaurs", to the Early Eocene (Casamayoran).
The genus and species were named by Scillato-Yané and R. Pascual in 1984. The genus is also known by the synonym Sudamericana and the species epithet ameghinoi refers to notable Argentinian paleontologist Florentino Ameghino.
Similar to Gondwanatherium, this genus had high-crowned teeth, which are very useful for eating grasses. Since there is no evidence of grass in South America until later, they must also have been effective for other types of food.
The position of gondwanatherians within the class Mammalia is not yet clear.
- Scillato-Yané, G.J. & Pascual, R.1985. Un peculiar Xenarthra del Paleoceno medio de Patagonia (Argentina). Su importancia en la sistemática de los Paratheria. Ameghiniana, 21: 316-318.
- Malcolm C. McKenna and Susan K. Bell. (1997) "Classification of Mammals Above the Species Level". Columbia University Press. (ISBN 0-231-11012-X)
- Much of this information has been derived from MESOZOIC MAMMALS: Gondwanatheria, an Internet directory.
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