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The long tail Hedgedog, Pholidocercus (1983)

Phylum : Chordata
Class : Mammalia
Order : Eulipotyphla
Family : Amphilemuridae
Genus : Pholidocercus
Species : P. hassiacus

  • Early Eocene (50 Ma)
  • 30 cm long (size)
  • Europe (map)

Pholidocercus is an extinct monotypic genus of mammal related to and resembling the modern-day hedgehog with a single species,Pholidocercus hassiacus. Like the hedgehog, it was covered in thin spines. Unlike hedgehogs, it had scales on its head in a helmet-like formation, and had a long, thick, scaled tail.P. hassiacus has been found in the Messel Pit.