“Z” is for Zanycteris

“Z” is for Zanycteris

This is it! The last Paleocene mammal of the month. One that starts with the letter “Z.” Zanycteris is a member of the Family Picrodontidae, which is in turn a member of the group of mammals called the plesiadapids, which are closely related to the Order Primates.

A reconstruction of some of the plesiadapiform primates. The two in the foreground are Plesiadapis. In the upper left is Ignacius and in the lower right is Picrodus.

The Picrodontidae are a favorite of mine. They were small plesiadapids with long, tiny, narrow teeth. They were easy to spot. There were four specimens of Picrodus in The Breaks, including some partial upper and lower jaws. Something about them just stayed in my head.

I should have taken pictures…

Part of the Blogging from A to Z challenge

For 4-30-13


  1. Jemima Pett says:

    Wow! I wish I’d found you earlier – but then I can always come back and explore your paleocene world 🙂
    Jemima at Jemima’s blog


    1. Penny says:

      There will probably be more. There are lots of Paleocene mammals and considerable interest in them…


  2. Dave H says:

    For some reason that picture reminds me of the scene in “Robin Hood: Men in Tights” where Robin and Ahchoo meet Little John and Will Scarlet (O’Hara) at the bridge.
    (Sorry, I have strange moments like this. It’ll pass.)

    Congratulations on completing the alphabet! Will you be starting on the Greek alphabet now?


    1. Penny says:

      “Because a toll is a toll, and a roll is a roll. And if we don’t get no tolls then we don’t eat no rolls.”


      1. Dave H says:

        Ha ha! High five! My daughters can just about quote that movie by heart.


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