Cretaceous Therian Tarsals and the Metatherian-Eutherian Dichotomy

@article{Szalay2006CretaceousTT,
  title={Cretaceous Therian Tarsals and the Metatherian-Eutherian Dichotomy},
  author={Frederick S. Szalay and Eric J Sargis},
  journal={Journal of Mammalian Evolution},
  year={2006},
  volume={13},
  pages={171-210}
}
Diverse metatherian and eutherian tarsal remains from the Late Cretaceous (middle-late Turonian) Bissekty Formation, Kyzylkum Desert, Uzbekistan (ca 90 MYA) are described. Their functional and taxonomic properties, along with those of other tarsal evidence, led to a reassessment of polarity hypotheses of therian, metatherian, and eutherian cruropedal attributes, and the consequences of this for phylogeny of taxa. There are calcaneal remains of several types of marsupials, and a single… CONTINUE READING
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