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Re: Platypuses may be older than we think...
<<Little _Kryoryctes_ was certainly a digger (hence the name). But it's a
stretch to say therefore it was a tachyglossan. BTW, I'm not saying that's
what you're saying, Dann; but it may be the reason behind why that website
classifies _Kryoryctes_ as a tachyglossan (albeit with a '?'). I think
there's a _National Geographic_ article that also alludes to it being a
I've just checked the original description. In that, the humerus is
referred to as "tachyglossid-like", and then tentatively to Monotremata
(with a question mark). Coming to think of it, Tim, this is more or less
what you've already written! Nevertheless, I may as well let people know
what Pridmoreet al is and report my successful efforts at sustaining bugs
responsible for colds. My head hurts.
Pridmore, Rich, Vickers-Rich & Gambaryan (2005), Tachyglossid-like humerus
from the Early Cretaceous of South-Eastern Australia, Journal of Mammalian
Evolution, 12 (3/4), p.359-378.
'Scuse me, must sneeze.