†family Zhelestidae Nessov 1990 (eutherian)

Mammalia - Tribosphenida - Zhelestidae

Parent taxon: Eutheria according to J. R. Wible et al. 2007

See also Archibald 1998, Archibald and Averianov 2005, Archibald and Averianov 2012, Averianov 1997, Averianov and Archibald 2005, Kielan-Jaworowska et al. 2004, Nessov et al. 1998 and Wang 1995

Sister taxa: Acreodi, Acristatherium, Ambilestes, Ambolestes, Arctocyonidae, Asioryctitheria, Bibymalagasia, Chiroptera, Cimolesta, Didymoconida, Durlstodon, Durlstotherium, Endotherium, Eomaia, Gliriformes, Heptaconodon, Heptaconodon dubium, Holoclemensiidae, Horolodectidae, Hovurlestes, Hyaenodonta, Insectivora, Juramaia, Kennalestoidea, Leptictida, Mingotheriidae, Montanalestes, Mutica, Nanocuridae, Notopterna, Notoungulata, Oligoryctidae, Palaeorycteropus, Paranyctoides, Paraxonia, Placentalia, Prokennalestes, Proteutheria, Prozalambdalestes, Quadripedes, Sahnitherium, Sazlestes, Scollardius, Sinodelphys, Taeniodonta, Therictoidea, Trogontia, Ungulata, Zalambdalestidae

Subtaxa: Alostera Aspanlestes Avitotherium Beleutinus Beleutinus orlovi Borisodon Eozhelestes Gallolestes Kumsuperus Lainodontinae Mistralestes Oxlestes Parazhelestes Sheikhdzheilia Sorlestes Valentinella Zhalmouzia Zhelestes

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Ecology: scansorial insectivore

Distribution:

• Cretaceous of Canada (3: Alberta, Saskatchewan collections), France (4), Japan (1), Kazakhstan (5), Madagascar (1), Mexico (1), Spain (3), Turkey (1), United States (8: Montana, Texas, Utah, Wyoming), Uzbekistan (16)

• Jurassic of Italy (1), Romania (2), Turkey (2)

Total: 48 collections including 65 occurrences

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