Spalacotheriidae

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Spalacotheriidae is a family of extinct mammals belonging to the group Symmetrodonta. They were a rather successful lineage, lasting from the Early Cretaceous to Campanian in North America, Europe, Asia and North Africa. The lack of a Meckelian groove indicate that they had a modern ear anatomy, and their deciduous canines and premolars as well as long lower jaw indicate a carnivorous/insectivorous diet.[1]

Spalacotheriidae
Temporal range: Early Cretaceous - Late Cretaceous, 145–70 Ma
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Spalacotheriidae

Marsh, 1887
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  1. ^ a b Han, Gang; Meng, Jin (2016). "A new spalacolestine mammal from the Early Cretaceous Jehol Biota and implications for the morphology, phylogeny, and palaeobiology of Laurasian 'symmetrodontans'". Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. 178 (2): 343–380. doi:10.1111/zoj.12416.