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SPARASSODONTA

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Originally appearing in Volume V25, Page 608 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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SPARASSODONTA, a zoological name applied to a group of primitive carnivorous mammals from the Santa Cruz beds of Patagonia, represented by the genera Borhyaena, Prothylacinus, Amphiproviverra, &c. By their first describer, Dr F. Ameghino, they were regarded as nearly related to the marsupials. They are, however, more probably members of the creodont Carnivora (see CREODONTA).
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Creo que lo contrario: Ameghino pensaba que eran cercanos a Carnivora, y Marshall fue uno de los primeros en decir que eran obviamente Marsupiales, relacionandolos a Thylacinus. Ahora se piensa a los Borhyaenidae como grupo cercano a los Didelphiidae.
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