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An order of mammals described in 1994 by R. D. E MacPhee, based on the enigmatic genus (see enigmatic taxon) Plesiorycteropus, known from sub-Recent fossil material from Madagascar. The order is distinguished by having large, perforating, transarcual canals in the neural arches of the lumbar, posterior thoracic, and anterior sacral vertebrae; a posteromedial process on the astralagus, with a ventral groove for flexor tendons; and large ischial expansions (see ischium). Plesiorycteropus was formerly assigned to the order Tubulidentata.

Subjects: Earth Sciences and Geography — Zoology and Animal Sciences.

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