Plesiorycteropus was a mammal from Madagascar that became extinct
sometime after 200 BCE, as evidenced by radiocarbon dating. Upon its
description in 1895 by French naturalist Henri Filhol, Plesiorycteropus
was classified with the aardvark, but more recent studies have found
little evidence for that linkage. Molecular evidence instead suggests
that it is related to the tenrecs, in the order Afrosoricida. Two
species are recognized, the larger P. madagascariensis and the smaller
P. germainepetterae; subfossil remains of both species have been found
in the same site. Only limb and partial pelvis and skull bones have been
recovered to date. Plesiorycteropus was probably a digging animal that
fed on insects such as termites and ants. It also shows adaptations for
climbing and sitting. Estimates of its mass range from 6 to 18 kilograms
(13 to 40 lb). Forest destruction by humans may have contributed to its
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