author={Gerhard Storch and Christina Seiffert},
Abstract Gliridae is one of the oldest extant families of rodents with a fossil record dating back as far as the early Eocene. Eogliravus wildi, previously known from some isolated teeth from the European early Eocene, represents the oldest and most primitive glirid. The early middle Eocene oil shales of Messel, Germany, yielded an extraordinarily preserved specimen of E. wildi, exhibiting the virtually complete and articulated skeleton, the outline of the pelage, and gut contents consisting of… 

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