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Akidolestes

Fast Facts 

Type:‭ Spalacotheriidae.
Diet: Insectivore.
Size: About‭ ‬10‭ ‬centimeteres long for the body,‭ ‬2‭ ‬centimetres for the skull.
Protection status: Extinct.
Akidolestes displays a number of‭ ‬features which are seen in monotreme mammals,‭ ‬including a similar pubis and the presence of cervical ribs.‭ ‬However,‭ ‬other observations of the holotype specimen mean that there is no doubt that Akidolestes was a spalacotheriid mammal.‭ ‬The monotreme-like features are probably convergent features or traits from an ancestral form shared with monotremes.

       The genus name Akidolestes means‭ ‘‬pointed thief‭’ ‬and this is a reference to the long snout that Akidolestes is known to have had.‭ ‬The type species name is in honour of Richard Cifelli and in recognition to his contributions in the field of mammal palaeontology.‭

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