|Innomate (pelvic bone) of Plesiorycteropus an extinct mammal |
from Madagascar (Drawing by Forsyth Major 1908)
The most thorough study of the subfossil material, by McPhee (here), defined two species, P. madagascariensis and P. germainepetterae, and erected a new Order Bibymalagasia to accomodate them. More recently Asher (here) assigned Plesiorycteropus to the superordinal clade Afrotheria.
|Phylogenetic analysis based on collagen sequencing has |
Plesiorycteropus as sister to the tenrecs from Buckley 2013 (here)
|Tailless tenrec (Tenrec ecaudatus) the largest Malagasy tenrec|
weighs about 1 kg. Photo by Markus Fink (GNU Free Documentation Licence)