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Re: Fruitafossor - new Mesozoic mammal



Jaime A. Headden wrote-

>   A glace through the data matrix shows an ommission of palaeoanodonts.
> *Metacheiromys,* *Eurotamandua,* and others are substantially more
complete
> than *Fruitafossor,* but not included? What about *Manis*? I am not
convinced
> the xenarthran features are not so easily dismissed.

Uh... the thing's MUCH too primitive to be a eutherian, Jaime.  It has a
coracoid for Pete's sake!  And middle ear bones connected to the mandible.
Seems like an obvious case of convergence to me.

Mickey Mortimer
Undergraduate, Earth and Space Sciences
University of Washington
The Theropod Database - http://students.washington.edu/eoraptor/Home.html