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(class Mammalia, subclass Prototheria)

An extinct order of primitive mammals, known only from teeth found in Late Jurassic rocks. Their brains may have been larger than those of reptiles; probably their young were fed with milk; possibly they were homoiotherms; and perhaps they were insectivorous, arboreal, and nocturnal. They were about the size of, and must have resembled, shrews.

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