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Kharmerungulatum is an extinct genus of herbivorous mammal from the Late Cretaceous (Maastrichtian) Intertrappean Beds of Andhra Pradesh, India. Its specific epithet honors Leigh Van Valen. It was originally considered to be one of the earliest known condylarths.,[1] but more recent studies find it to be a zhelestid, part of an assemblage of herbivorous non-placental eutherian mammals also present in Europe, Asia and possibly Africa.[2]

Kharmerungulatum
Temporal range: Late Cretaceous Maastrichtian
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Family: Zhelestidae
Genus: Kharmerungulatum
Prasad et al., 2007
Species

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Prasad, G.V.R., Verma, O., Sahni, A., Parmar, V., and Khosla, A. (2007). "A Cretaceous Hoofed Mammal from India". Science. 318 (9 NOV 2007): 937. doi:10.1126/science.1149267. PMID 17991854.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ James David Archibald · Alexander Olegovich Averianov, Phylogenetic analysis, taxonomic revision, and dental ontogeny of the Cretaceous Zhelestidae (Mammalia: Eutheria), Article · Feb 2012 · Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society