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meaning: "Dawn Manis"
Named By: Gerhard Storch in 1978
Time Period: Early Eocene
Location: Germany - Messel Pit
Size: Around 50 centimetres long
Diet: Omnivore
Fossil(s): At least two specimens
Classification: | Chordata | Mammalia | Pholidota | Manidae |

Eomanis ("dawn pangolin") is the earliest known true (and scaled) pangolin from the Middle Eocene of Europe. Fossils collected from the Messel Pit, Germany, indicate that this 50 cm long animal was rather similar to living pangolins. However, unlike modern pangolins, its tail and legs did not bear scales. According to the stomach contents of the excellently preserved Messel specimens, Eomanis' diet consisted of both insects and plants. Its contemporary was the similar, albeit scale-less, anteater-like Eurotamandua.

Read more about Eomanis at Wikipedia
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