Name: Adelobasileus ‭(‬Obscure king‭)‬.
Phonetic: A-del-o-bah-sil-e-us.
Named By: S.‭ ‬G.‭ ‬Hunt‭ & ‬A.‭ ‬P.‭ ‬Hunt‭ ‬-‭ ‬1990.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Mammaliamorpha.
Species: A.‭ ‬cromptoni‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Insectivore.
Size: Uncertain due to lack of remains,‭ ‬Skull length about‭ ‬17‭ ‬millimetres.
Known locations: USA,‭ ‬Texas‭ ‬-‭ ‬Tecovas Formation.
Time period: Carnian of the Triassic.
Fossil representation: Partial skull.

       A rather small and unassuming little creature,‭ ‬Adelobasileus is an evolutionary giant because it helps to bridge the gap between cyonodonts and later primitive mammal forms of the Triassic.‭ ‬At the time of its description,‭ ‬it was the earliest known proto-mammal.‭ ‬Because of its small size,‭ ‬Adelobasileus was probably an insectivore in its behaviour,‭ ‬but one that needed to keep out of sight of early dinosaurs such as Coelophysis.

Further reading
-‭ ‬The oldest mammal,‭ ‬S.‭ ‬G.‭ ‬Hunt‭ & ‬A.‭ ‬P.‭ ‬Hunt‭ ‬-‭ ‬1990.
-‭ ‬Adelobasileus from the upper Triassic of west Texas:‭ ‬the oldest mammal,‭ ‬S.‭ ‬G.‭ ‬Lucas‭ & ‬Z.‭ ‬Luo‭ ‬-‭ ‬1993.


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