Zofiabaatar


Zofiabaatar is a genus of extinct mammal from the Upper Jurassic period. It was a relatively early member of the extinct order Multituberculata within the suborder "Plagiaulacida". It lived in North America along with dinosaurs such as Diplodocus and Allosaurus.

Zofiabaatar
Temporal range: Late Jurassic
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Multituberculata
Suborder: Plagiaulacida
Family: Zofiabaataridae
Bakker, 1992
Genus: Zofiabaatar
Bakker & Carpenter, 1990
Species

The primary species is Zofiabaatar pulcher. Fossils have been found in the Upper Jurassic Morrison Formation of Wyoming (U.S.). The animal was reportedly about 30 cm (12 in) long. It seems to have been a rather specialized creature, judging by the dentary. Zofiabaataridae are believed to belong to the allodontid line.

It is present in stratigraphic zone 6.[1]

The species is named after the Polish paleontologist Zofia Kielan-Jaworowska.

References

  • Simpson. "Mesozoic Mammalia. VII. Taxonomy of Morrison multituberculates", American Journal of Science. 1927. Pages 36–38.
  • Kielan-Jaworowska, Z. and J.H. Hurum. "Phylogeny and Systematics of multituberculate mammals", Paleontology. 44. Pages 389–429.
  1. Foster, J. (2007). "Appendix." Jurassic West: The Dinosaurs of the Morrison Formation and Their World. Indiana University Press. pp. 327-329.