Named By: Z.-X. Luo, Q.-J. Meng, Q. Ji, Y.-G. Zhang & A. I. Neander - 2015.
Classification: Chordata, Mammalia, Docodonta, Docodontidae.
Species: D. brachydactylus (type).
Size: At least nine meters long.
Known locations: China, Hebei Province - Tiaojishan Formation.
Time period: Oxfordian of the Jurassic.
Fossil representation: Partial jaw and post cranial skeletal remains.
Docofossor is a genus of mammaliform that lived in China during the late Jurassic. Docofossor is noted as having similar features as modern day members of Chrysochloridae, better known as golden moles, leading researchers to suggest that Docofossor may have lived a similar life, using powerful fore arms to dig into the ground and expose invertebrates to eat.
- Evolutionary development in basal mammaliaforms as revealed by a docodontan. Science 347(6223):760-764. - Z.-X. Luo, Q.-J. Meng, Q. Ji, Y.-G. Zhang & A. I. Neander - 2015.