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Cenozoic Mammals of Africa$
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Lars Werdelin

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780520257214

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520257214.001.0001

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Prionogalidae (Mammalia Incertae Sedis)

Prionogalidae (Mammalia Incertae Sedis)

(p.561) Twenty-Seven Prionogalidae (Mammalia Incertae Sedis)
Cenozoic Mammals of Africa

Lars Werdelin

Susanne M. Cote

University of California Press

Priongale breviceps is a very small mammal with carnivorous adaptations described by Schmidt-Kittler and Heizmann (1991) on the basis of fragmentary craniodental material from a number of early Miocene localities in Kenya and Uganda. The dental homologies as reconstructed are unique among mammals, and therefore the taxon is placed in Mammalia incerta sedis. It has recently been accompanied in the family Prionogalidae by Namasector soriae, from Namibia and the family was suggested to belong in the Creodonta. This chapter describes the systematic paleontology of Prionogalidae (Mammalia incertae sedis).

Keywords:   Prionogalidae, Mammalia, incertae sedis, paleontology, Priongale breviceps, Miocene, Kenya, Uganda, Namasector soriae, Namibia

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