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Steropodon
Temporal range: Early Cretaceous
Steropodon BW.jpg
A restoration of Steropodon galmani
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Monotremata
Family: Steropodontidae
Genus: Steropodon
Species: S, galmani
Binomial name
Steropodon galmani
Archer, Flannery, Ritchie, & Molnar, 1985

Steropodon was a small mammal that was similar to a platypus. It was an egg thief, eating dinosaur eggs. They also probably fed on insects.

In popular cultureEdit

Steropodon p1

Walking with Dinosaurs Steropodon

Steropodon was featured in the fifth episode of the series Walking with Dinosaurs, where it was not identified properly (later identified as Steropodon in the companion book) and live-acted by a coati, even though in reality Steropodon resembled nothing like a coati. In the episode, a Steropodon attempts to raid the nests of a group of Leaellynasaura, but one mother Leaellynasaura drives the mammal off by kicking dirt at it with her forearms.

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