“A” is for Acmeodon

“A” is for Acmeodon.

Acmeodon was an insectivorous mammal in the Order Cimolesta.

Acmeodon secans is known from two localities in The Breaks, both of which are early Tiffanian (overlap zone) in age. It is known more broadly from late Torrejonian into early Tiffanian faunas.

These are all upper molars. Read more about mammal molars here.

Acmeodon secans UW 28730 Incomplete RM1 from V-90057
Acmeodon secans UW 28730 Incomplete RM1 from V-90057
Acmeodon secans UW 28730 Incomplete RM1 from V-90057
Acmeodon secans UW 28730 Incomplete RM1 from V-90057
Acmeodon secans UW 28062 RM1 from V-90029
Acmeodon secans UW 28062 RM1 from V-90029
Acmeodon secans UW 28062 RM1 from V-90029
Acmeodon secans UW 28062 RM1 from V-90029
My sketches of the two specimens of Acmeodon
My sketches of the two specimens of Acmeodon
Sketch of AMNH 4063, three upper teeth of A. secans
Sketch of AMNH 4063, three upper teeth of A. secans

Part of the Blogging from A to Z challenge.

For 4-1-13

Published by paleololigo

Scientist (Paleontology, Geochemistry, Geology); Writer (Speculative and Science Fiction, plus technical and non-technical Science); Mom to great boy on the Autism spectrum; possessor of too many hobbies.

5 thoughts on ““A” is for Acmeodon

    1. Thanks! My motivation for using fossil mammals for A to Z was to have an excuse to post some of my drawings and these old SEM images. There’ll be more!

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    1. I’ll try to expand on these a bit, but it’s hard. Most of these animals are known only from isolated teeth, so we can’t even reconstruct what they might have looked like! I think you’ll like some of my later posts, though. I go more into the relationships of the animals with modern groups.

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  1. Hello, Penny. It’s nice to meet a fellow speculative fiction writer. I am hopping over from the A-Z challenge list of participants. Good luck with the rest of the challenge, and I look forward to reading more about your work.

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