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Didelphodon by Pristichampsus Didelphodon by Pristichampsus
As it turns out, Triebold paleontology has discovered an associated skeleton of Didelphodon, and has reconstructed it, Mike Triebold will participate in the formal description of the skeleton, which is good, as I always worry about commercially collected fossils never being described.

Anyhow, so it turns out that didelphodon was most likely a semi-aquatic mollusk-eater, like an otter, this is what the skeleton seems to suggest. The skull and teeth are large and robust, for crushing, and the body seems equal parts opossum and otter.
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Paleo-Beast-Emperor Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Didelphodon was more like an otter? Who knew?
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Pristichampsus Jan 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
hmmm
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Paleo-Beast-Emperor Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What you mean?
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At any given time there was probably many more species of mammals than dinosaurs. There are limited number of species in a genus of large-bodied megafauna whereas smaller animals tend to be more "speciose".

Unfortunately, smaller animals are more delicate and we have mostly incomplete specimens. Paleontology of Mesozoic mammals will be a growing field and will help fill out the ecological profile of the era.
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Pristichampsus Sep 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
Just imagine the diversity, very interesting.
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Cretaceos Yapok!
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Pristichampsus Aug 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
well, crossed with a tasmanian devil, I think.
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TheMorlock Aug 15, 2012  Student General Artist
Is this the creature that ate the T. rex's eggs in Walking with Dinosaurs?
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Pristichampsus Aug 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
yes.
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TheMorlock Aug 16, 2012  Student General Artist
Huh. Quite different.
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