“W” is for Wanolestes

“W” is for Wanolestes

“W” was a letter for which I could find no Paleocene mammals. So, once again I put out the APB on Twitter. Thanks for Dan Spivak (@danman222) on Twitter for pointing out Wanolestes.


Wanolestes is classified in the Order Soricomorpha, which includes the modern shrews and moles. It turns out the Soricomorpha is paraphyletic, meaning that while all it’s members are related by a common ancestor, some descendents of that common ancestor are omitted from the group.. This is one of the problems with modern taxonomy.

The Soricomorpha is grouped because they’re all relatively small, bug-eating mammals.

I wonder what Obiwanolestes would eat?

Part of the Blogging from A to Z challenge.

For 4-26-13

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.

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