Temporal range: Late Cretaceous
|Zalambdalestes lechei skull and lower jaw, Museum of Evolution Warsaw.|
Gregory & Simpson, 1926
Zalambdalestes was a shrew-like animal with a long snout, long teeth, a small brain and large eyes. It was about 20 centimetres (7.9 in) long, with a head only 5 centimetres (2 in) long. It had strong front paws and even stronger rear ones, but its claws were not opposable, so it is unlikely to have climbed trees. Its diet was probably composed mainly of insects that it hunted in the forest undergrowth using its sharp, interlocking teeth.
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