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Paläontologische Zeitschrift

, Volume 53, Issue 1–2, pp 38–62 | Cite as

Macrocranion tupaiodon, an adapisoricid (?) Insectivore from the Eocene of ‘Grube Messel’ (Western Germany)

  • Wolfgang Maier
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Abstract

The anatomical study of several complete skeletons of the Eocene insectivoreMacrocranion tupaiodon from the “Grube Messel” (Western Germany) allows to reconstruct a number of more relevant biological adaptations of this extinct mammal. Its size is to be compared with small squirrels or treeshrews; its limbs are significantly longer, however.Macrocranion is best characterized as an omnivorous, nocturnal forest-floor predator.

Keywords

Eocene Distal Phalange Permanent Molar Postcranial Skeleton Complete Skeleton 
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Kurzfassung

Die anatomische Untersuchung mehrerer weitgehend vollständiger Skelette des eozänen InsektivorenMacrocranion tupaiodon aus Messel bei Darmstadt hat die Möglichkeit eröffnet, Rückschlüsse auf wichtige biologische Grundanpassungen dieses fossilen Säugetieres zu ziehen. Der Größe nach istMacrocranion mit kleineren Hörnchen oder Spitzhörnchen zu vergleichen, jedoch fallen die relativ langen Extremitäten auf. Insgesamt betrachtet läßt sichMacrocranion am besten charakterisieren als omnivorer, nocturner Bewohner des Waldbodens.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wolfgang Maier
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  1. 1.Zentrum der Morphologie (Dr. Senckenbergische Anatomie)Frankfurt/Main 70

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