Monotreme nature of the Australian early Cretaceous mammal Teinolophos

T. H. Rich*, P. Vickers-Rich, P. Trusler, T. F. Flannery, R. Cifelli, A. Constantine, L. Kool, N. Van Kla Veren

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Abstract

The morphology of the single preserved molar of the holotype of the Australian Early Cretaceous (Aptian) mammal Teinolophos trusleri shows that it is a monotreme and probably a steropodontid, rather than a 'eupantothere' as originally proposed. The structure of the rear of the jaw of T. trusleri supports the molecular evidence that previously formed the sole basis for recognising the Steropodontidae as a distinct family.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-118
Number of pages6
JournalActa Palaeontologica Polonica
Volume46
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2001

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