Pangolins Unknown

The Pangolins (Order Pholidota) are a peculiar group of toothless primitive mammals with an outer covering of large, overlapping epidermal scales that make them look like walking pinecones. The eight living species, all in the genus Manis, live in sub-Saharan Africa, India, and Southeast Asia. They range in size from 1 foot 6 inches-4 feet 6 inches long, including the tail, and consist of both arboreal and terrestrial forms. The oldest fossil pangolin is Eomanis, which lived in Germany during the Middle Eocene period, 45 million years ago. Their place on the evolutionary tree is a bit uncertain, though some taxonomists classify them as a sister order to the xenarthra (armadillos, sloths, and anteaters).

Only one cryptopangolin is known, a large animal in Indonesia. Pangolins are not known from South America; otherwise, Ramon Lista's IEMISCH sighting might have rated inclusion.

Mystery Pangolin

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