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Article: A new generalized paucituberculatan marsupial from the Oligocene of Bolivia and the origin of 'shrew-like' opossums

Publication: Palaeontology
Volume: 50
Part: 5
Publication Date: September 2007
Page(s): 1267 1276
Author(s): Francisco J. Goin, Marcelo R. Sánchez-Villagra, Alejandra Abello and Richard F. Kay
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GOIN, F. J., SÁNCHEZ-VILLAGRA, M. R., ABELLO, A., KAY, R. F. 2007. A new generalized paucituberculatan marsupial from the Oligocene of Bolivia and the origin of 'shrew-like' opossums. Palaeontology50, 5, 1267–1276.

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