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Yarala
Temporal range: Oligocene - Miocene
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Infraclass: Marsupialia
Order: Peramelemorphia
Superfamily: Yaraloidea
Muirhead, 2000
Family: Yaralidae
Muirhead, 2000
Genus: Yarala
Muirhead, 1995
Species

Yarala is a genus of fossil mammals that resemble contemporary bandicoots. The superfamily Yaraloidea and family Yaralidae were created following the discovery of the type species Yarala burchfieldi in 1995, on the basis that it lacks synapomorphies that unite all other peramelemorphian taxa.[1][2]

A second species was described in 2006, which is suggested to be ancestral to Y. burchfieldi.[3]

References

  1. ^ Muirhead, J. and Filan, S.L. (1995). "Yarala burchfieldi, a plesiomorphic bandicoot (marsupialia, peramelemorphia) from Oligo-Miocene deposits of Riversleigh, northwestern Queensland". Journal of Paleontology. 69 (1): 127–134. 
  2. ^ Muirhead, J. (2000). "Yaraloidea (marsupialia, peramelemorphia), a new superfamily of marsupial and a description and analysis of the cranium of the Miocene Yarala burchfieldi". Journal of Paleontology. 74 (3): 512–523. doi:10.1666/0022-3360(2000)074<0512:YMPANS>2.0.CO;2. 
  3. ^ Schwartz, L.R. (2006). "A new species of bandicot from the Oligocene of Northern Australia and implications for correlating Australian Tertiary mammal faunas". Palaeontology. 49 (5): 991–998. doi:10.1111/j.1475-4983.2006.00584.x. 


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