|Named By:||Florentino Ameghino in 1994|
|Time Period:||Early Miocene (Santacrucian)~21.0-17.5 Ma|
|Location:||South America, Patagonia|
|Size:||Uncertain but estimated around 15 centimetres long|
|Fossil(s):||Partial remains, particularly the snout|
|Classification:||| Chordata | Mammalia | Theria | Necrolestidae ||
Necrolestes ("Grave Robber" or "Thief of the Dead") is an extinct genus of non-therian mammals, which lived during the Early Miocene in what is now Argentine Patagonia. It contains two species, N. patagonensis and N. mirabilis, and is the most recent known genus of dryolestoid. The type species N. patagonensis was named by Florentino Ameghino in 1891 based on remains found by his brother, Carlos Ameghino in Patagonia. Fossils of Necrolestes have been found in the Sarmiento and Santa Cruz Formations.