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Zalambdalestes

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2023-07-18 Snargl 0 minute 0 second

What is the animal Zalambdalestes known for?

Zalambdalestes is an extinct animal that lived in the Late Cretaceous period, about 83.6 to 72.1 million years ago, in Mongolia.
It is known for being one of the earliest eutherian mammals, which are the ancestors of modern placental mammals.
Zalambdalestes had some features that distinguished it from other mammals of its time, such as:
  • A long snout with sharp, interlocking teeth that were adapted for hunting insects in the forest undergrowth.
  • A small brain and large eyes that suggest it was active at night or in low-light conditions.
  • Strong front and rear limbs that were specialized for hopping, similar to modern rabbits.
  • An epipubic bone, which is a bone that extends from the pelvis and supports the abdominal muscles.
    This bone is also found in monotremes and marsupials, but not in placental mammals.
It may have limited the size and development of the offspring inside the mother's womb.

Zalambdalestes was about 20 centimeters (7.9 inches) long, with a head only 5 centimeters (2 inches) long.
It belonged to the family Zalambdalestidae, which is a group of eutherian mammals that had zalambdodont molars, which are teeth with a V-shaped ridge that are suited for crushing insect exoskeletons.
Zalambdalestes is the type genus of this family, which means it is the one that defines the characteristics of the group.
Two species of Zalambdalestes have been named: Z. lechei and Z. grangeri.

Zalambdalestes is an interesting example of how early mammals evolved and diversified in the Mesozoic era, when dinosaurs dominated the land.
It shows that mammals were not just small, shrew-like creatures, but had a variety of adaptations and lifestyles that allowed them to survive and thrive in different environments.
Zalambdalestes is also a valuable source of information about the origin and evolution of placental mammals, which are the most diverse and successful group of mammals today.
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Where does the Zalambdalestes live?

Zalambdalestes was a small, hopping mammal that lived in Mongolia during the Late Cretaceous period, about 75 million years ago.
It probably ate insects and other small animals that it hunted in the forest undergrowth.
Zalambdalestes is known from several fossils, including a complete skull and lower jaw, that were discovered in the Gobi Desert.
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What does the Zalambdalestes look like?

Zalambdalestes was an extinct mammal that lived in the Late Cretaceous period in Mongolia.

It was a small, hopping animal with a long snout, long teeth, a small brain and large eyes.

It was about 20 centimeters long, with a head only 5 centimeters long.

It hunted insects in the forest undergrowth using its sharp, interlocking teeth.

It had strong front and rear legs, but its claws were not opposable, so it could not climb trees.

It was not a true placental mammal, because it had an epipubic bone, which limited its reproductive abilities.

Zalambdalestes was one of the earliest known eutherian mammals, and had some features in common with modern lagomorphs, such as rabbits and hares.
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