†order Meridiolestida Rougier et al. 2011 (mammal)

Mammalia - Meridiolestida

Full reference: G. W. Rougier, S. ApesteguĂ­a, and L. C. Gaetano. 2011. Highly specialized mammalian skulls from the Late Cretaceous of South America. Nature 479:98-102

Parent taxon: Dryolestoidea according to B. E. Connelly et al. 2024

See also Chimento et al. 2012, Martinelli et al. 2021 and Rougier et al. 2011

Sister taxa: Amphitheriida, Barberenia, Brandonia, Dryolestida, Dryolestidae, Paurodontidae

Subtaxa: Austrotriconodon Cronopio Leonardus Mesungulatoidea Necrolestes Solanutherium

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Ecology: scansorial insectivore

Distribution:

• Miocene of Argentina (4 collections)

• Paleocene of Argentina (1)

• Cretaceous of Argentina (13), Chile (1)

Total: 19 collections including 27 occurrences

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