Liaoconodon

Name: Liaoconodon ‭(‬Liaoning cone tooth‭)‬.
Phonetic: Le-ow-con-o-don.
Named By: J.‭ ‬Meng,‭ ‬Y.‭ ‬Wang‭ & ‬C.‭ ‬Li‭ ‬-‭ ‬2011.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Mammalia,‭ ‬Eutriconodonta.
Species: L.‭ ‬hui‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Insectivore.
Size: Roughly about‭ ‬30‭ ‬centimetres long.
Known locations: China,‭ ‬Liaoning‭ ‬-‭ ‬Jiufotang Formation.
Time period: Aptian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Almost complete individual.

       Liaoconodon is an interesting genus of mammal that lived in China during the latter half of the early Cretaceous.‭ ‬The ear structure of Liaoconodon has‭ ‬been identified as being transitional,‭ ‬helping to reveal how primitive ear structures in mammals developed to what we see in later more advanced forms.

Further reading
-‭ ‬Transitional mammalian middle ear from a new Cretaceous Jehol eutriconodont.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Nature‭ ‬472:181-185.‭ ‬-‭ ‬J.‭ ‬Meng,‭ ‬Y.‭ ‬Wang‭ & ‬C.‭ ‬Li‭ ‬-‭ ‬2011.



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