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Re: Re: Multituberculate?



>Multituberculate's were a group of "non-therian" mammals with rodent-
>like incisors (buck-teeth).

Recent work by Novacek (or was it McKenna?) and Sereno places multis in the
Metatheria as the sister group to Marsupalia.  Thus, they might be true
therian mammals.

>They were apparently the ecological analogues of living rodents
>until rodents replaced them in the Eocene.  They were very diverse
>and common from the Late Cretaceous through the Early Eocene.

They were present in the Late Jurassic, as well.


Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
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