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  • It was a pantothere, one of the earliest mammals and progenitor of later types like the opossum, and it had scant protection in the swamp.


  • It was ironic that the only witness to the death of diplodocus was the little pantothere that watched from the safety of a cycad tree, for of all creatures who had appeared on the beach, he was the only one that was not a reptile.



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  • "A small early therian mammal of the extinct group Pantotheria, known from fossils of the Upper Triassic to Lower Cretaceous periods and thought to have given rise to both placental and marsupial mammals.

    The pantotheres are now usually included in the group Dryolestoidea." (OED)

    September 9, 2008