Named By: Fischer - 1880.
Synonyms: Apterodon flonheimensis, Dasyurodon.
Classification: Chordata, Mammalia, Creodonta, Hyaenodontidae?
Species: A. gaudryi (type), A. altidens, A. Intermedus, A. macrognathus, A. saghensis.
Known locations: Egypt, Germany.
Time period: Priabonian of the Eocene to Rupelian of the Oligocene.
Fossil representation: Fossils of several individuals, though often of very incomplete remains.
little known creodont genus, Apterodon fossil
locations so far
suggest that the genus roamed across Europe and North Africa from the
late Eocene to early Oligocene periods. Although a creodont and a
predator, Apterodon lacks the carnassial
shearing) teeth that are seen in other creodonts. This may indicate
a different eating and possibly hunting specialisation for this genus,
something that may have reduced inter-species competition and allowed
it to live in the same ecosystems as other creodonts.
One former species of Apterodon, A. flonheimensis, is now considered to be a synonym to the type species A. gaudryi.
- Apterodon intermedus, sp. nov., a new European Creodont Mammal from MP22 of Espenhain (Germany), Bridgette lange-Badre & Madelaine Bohme - 2005. [here]