Bharattherium is a mammal that lived in India during the Maastrichtian
(latest Cretaceous). The genus has a single species, Bharattherium
bonapartei. It is part of the gondwanathere family Sudamericidae, which
is also found in Madagascar and South America during the latest
Cretaceous. The first fossil of Bharattherium was discovered in 1989 and
published in 1997, but the animal was not named until 2007, when two
teams independently gave it different names. The specific name
bonapartei honors Argentinean paleontologist José Bonaparte, who was
the first to describe a gondwanathere fossil. Bharattherium is known
from a total of eight isolated fossil teeth, including one incisor and
seven molariforms (molar-like teeth). Bharattherium molariforms are
high, curved teeth, with a height of 5.97 to 8.40 mm. The tooth enamel
has traits that have been interpreted as protecting against cracks in
the teeth. The hypsodont (high-crowned) teeth of sudamericids like
Bharattherium is reminiscent of later grazing mammals, and the discovery
of grass in Indian fossil sites contemporaneous with those yielding
Bharattherium suggest that sudamericids were indeed grazers.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bharattherium>
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