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Neoplagiaulax

Neoplagiaulax is a mammal genus from the Paleocene of Europe and North America. In the case of the latter continent, there may possibly be some slightly earlier, Upper Cretaceous material too. It existed in the age immediately following the extinction of the last dinosaurs. This animal was a member of the extinct order Multituberculata, lying within the suborder Cimolodonta and family Neoplagiaulacidae.

The genus Neoplagiaulax ("new Plagiaulax") was named by Lemoine V. in 1882. It is also known as Ectypodus? (partly); Plagiaulax (partly); and Ptilodus (partly). This is something of a nomenclatural minefield. Some material has also been reassigned to Eucosmodon.

Species

  • Neoplagiaulax copei (Lemoine V. 1885) has been found in Paleocene strata of Cernay, France. It has been cited as a possible descendant of N. hazeni.
  • Neoplagiaulax eocaenus (Lemoine V. 1880)is also known as N. eocänus and Plagiaulax eocaenus. It was found in Upper Paleocene of Cernay, France. It has also been cited as a possible descendant of N. hazeni.
  • Neoplagiaulax grangeri (Simpson G.G. 1935) (Gazin, 1969) is also known as Ectypodus? grangeri (Simpson, 1935). It was found in Torrejonian (Paleocene) of Gidley Quarry, Montana (USA). It was a further possible descendant of N. hazeni. Its weight was around 100 g, a quarter of that of a standard rat.
  • Neoplagiaulax hunteri (Simpson G.G. 1936), (Krause DW, 1977) is also known as Ectypodus hunteri (Simpson, 1936).It was discovered in Torrejonian-Tiffanian (Middle Paleocene) strata of Scarritt Quarry in Montana, Wyoming and North Dakota and Alberta, Canada. Several specimens are at the Peabody Museum of Yale, where the name E. is sometimes employed. It likely weighed about 45 g.
  • Neoliotomus jepi (Sloan R.E. 1987) is known from the Tiffanian (Paleocene) of Cedar Point Quarry, Wyoming (USA).
  • Neoliotomus macrotomeus (Wilson 1956; Sloan 1987) is also known as Ectypodus macrotomeus (Wilson 1956. It was found in Puercan-Torrejonian (Lower Paleocene) strata of the San Juan Basin of New Mexico (USA). It is possibly derived from Mesodma formosa. It weighed about 15 g.
  • Neoplagiaulax mckennai (Sloan R.E. 1987)is also known as N. mckennaiai. It was found in Tiffanian (Middle-Upper Paleocene) strata of Love Quarry in Wyoming and North Dakota. It weighed an estimated 60 g.
  • Neoplagiaulax nelsoni (Sloan R.E. 1987)was discovered in the Puercan-Torrejonian (Middle-Upper Paleocene) strata of Wyoming and Purgatory Hill of Montana and Alberta. The type fossil is from Keefer Hill (a.k.a. Shotgun) Wyoming. This species was mouse-sized, weighing about 25 g.
  • Neoplagiaulax nicolai (Vianey-Liaud M. 1986) was discovered in Paleocene strata of Cernay, France.
  • Neoplagiaulax sylvani (Vianey-Liaud M. 1986) was found in Paleocene strata of Cernay, France.

References

  • Lemoine (1885), "Étude sur quelqes mammifères de petite taille de la faune cernaysienne des environs de Reims." Bull. Soc. Géol. France 3, p.203-217, pls. x-xii.
  • Archibald (1982), "A study of Mammalia and Geology across the Cretaceous-Tertiary Boundary in Garfield County, Montana." University of California Publications in Geological Sciences, vol. 122, p.242-243.
  • Simpson (1935), "New Paleocene mammals from the Fort Union of Montana." Proc. US Nation. Museum 83, p.221-244.
  • Jepsen (1940), "Paleocene faunas of the Polecat Bench formation, Park County, Wyoming." Pro. Amer. Philos. Soc, 83, p.217-340, 21 figs., 5p ls.
  • Krause (1977), "Paleocene multituberculates (Mammalia) of the Roche Percee Local Fauna, Ravenscrag Formation, Saskatchewan, Canada." Palaeontographica Abt. A 159, p.1-36.
  • Johnston & Fox (1984), Paleocene and Late Cretaceous mammals from Skaksatchewan, Canada. Paleontogr. Abt. A: Paläozool., Stratigr. 186, p.163-222.
  • Sloan (1981), "Systematics of Paleocene multituberculates from the San Juan Basin, New Mexico," p. 127-160, in Lucas et al. (eds), "Advances in San Juan Basin paleontology." University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque.
  • Kielan-Jaworowska Z & Hurum JH (2001), "Phylogeny and Systematics of multituberculate mammals." Paleontology 44, p.389-429.
  • Vianey-Liaud (1986), Les Multituberculés Thanétiens de France, et leurs rapports avec les Multituberculés Nord-Américains. Palaeontogr. Abt. A: Paläozool. Stratigr. 191 p.85-171, 3 plates.
  • Much of this information has been derived from MESOZOIC MAMMALS; Ptilodontoidea, an Internet directory.
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