Definition of multituberculate in English:

multituberculate

Line breaks: multi|tuber¦cu¦late
Pronunciation: /ˌmʌltɪtjuːˈbəːkjʊlət
 
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noun

  • A small primitive fossil mammal of a mainly Cretaceous and Palaeocene order, distinguished by having molar teeth with several cusps arranged in two or three rows.
    • Order Multituberculata, subclass Allotheria
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    • Triconodonts, monotremes and multituberculates have the primitive condylar arrangement for the radius.
    • Well-represented dentitions and skulls are also known for some of the earliest and most primitive multituberculates, from the Late Jurassic of Portugal.
    • Paleocene faunas were dominated by what we refer to as archaic mammals: condylarths (archaic ungulates), archaic primates, small rodent-like multituberculates, pantodonts, and others.

Origin

late 19th century: from modern Latin Multituberculata, from multi- 'many' + Latin tuberculum 'tubercle'.

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