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Temporal range: Late Cretaceous
An artist's illustration of Cimolestes incisus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Cimolesta
Family: Cimolestidae
Marsh, 1889
Genus: Cimolestes
Marsh, 1889
Binomial name
Cimolestes incisus
Marsh, 1889
  • Nyssodon (Simpson, 1927)

Cimolestes ("Bug Thief") is a genus of early eutherians. Fossils have been found in North America, where they first appeared during the Late Cretaceous; they died out during the Paleocene.

They were once considered to be marsupials, but now are considered to be members of the order Cimolesta (which was named after the genus). Pangolins and carnivorans (that is, the clade Ferae) are believed to be the cimolestids' closest living relatives.

In the Media

LBT Cimolestes

A Cimolestes in The Land Before Time

  • A Cimolestes briefly appears in the original The Land Before Time film during the opening sequence, being unintentionally frightened away by a newly hatched Ducky.
  • Cimolestes appeared in the documentary series Mammals vs. Dinos.
  • Cimolestes appeared in Dinosaur Train.
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