Prionogalidae (Mammalia <i>Incertae Sedis</i>)

Lars Werdelin and Susanne M. Cote

in Cenozoic Mammals of Africa

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780520257214
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520945425 | DOI:
Prionogalidae (Mammalia Incertae Sedis)

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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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Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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