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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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Neogene Insectivora

Neogene Insectivora

Chapter:
(p.572) (p.573) Twenty-Nine Neogene Insectivora
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Cenozoic Mammals of Africa
Author(s):

Percy M. Butler

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520257214.003.0029

The order Insectivora was formerly used to comprise a miscellany of eutherians with primitive characters, thought to be relatively little modified descendants from the ancestral eutherian stock. Subsequent investigations of eutherian phylogeny have resulted in the removal of a number of insectivoran families to separate orders. The African families consist of the Macroscelididae (order Macroscelidea), Tenrecidae, Chrysochloridae (order Tenrecoidea), Erinaceidae, and Soricidae. Erinaceidae and Soricidae have a wide distribution outside Africa, with a fossil record going back to the Eocene, but they appear in Africa only in the Miocene, as immigrants. This chapter describes the systematic paleontology of Neogene Insectivora.

Keywords:   Africa, paleontology, Neogene, Insectivora, Erinaceidae, Soricidae, Eocene, Miocene, eutherians

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