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Eomanis
Eomanis waldi
Scientific classification

Eomanis waldi is a pholidotan from Eocene Europe. It was the first true pangolin with scales.[1] Another early mammal discovered in the Messel Pit that was similar in anatomy and likely also had an omnivorous/insectivorous diet was Eurotamandua.

Description[]

Eomanis is the earliest known true scaled pangolin from extinct family Eomanidae within suborder Eupholidota, and extinct superfamily Eomanoidea.[2] It lived during the Eocene in Europe. Eomanis fossils found in the Messel Pit in Germany are very similar in size and anatomy to living pangolins of the genus Manis, indicating that pangolins have remained largely unchanged in morphology and behavior for 50 million years. However, unlike modern pangolins, its tail and legs did not bear scales.[3]

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