Orycteropus afer Pallas 1766 (aardvark)

Mammalia - Tubulidentata - Orycteropodidae

Alternative combination: Myrmecophaga afra

Synonyms: Myrmecophaga capensis Gmelin 1788, Orycteropus capensis Gmelin 1788, Orycteropus haussanus Matschie 1900, Orycteropus senegalensis Schinz 1845, Orycteropus wertheri Matschie 1900

Belongs to Orycteropus according to M. Pickford 2005

See also Giebel 1883 and Pickford 1975

Sister taxa: Orycteropus abundulafus, Orycteropus africanus, Orycteropus browni, Orycteropus chemeldoi, Orycteropus crassidens, Orycteropus depereti, Orycteropus djourabensis, Orycteropus erikssoni, Orycteropus gaudryi, Orycteropus leptodon, Orycteropus mauritanicus, Orycteropus minutus, Orycteropus pilgrimi, Orycteropus pottieri

Ecology: semifossorial insectivore

Average measurements (in mm): femur diameter 22.4, humerus diameter 20.0, radius diameter 14.0, tibia diameter 22.0

Estimated body mass: 52.3 kg based on femur diameter, humerus diameter, and tibia diameter

Distribution:

• Quaternary of the Congo-Kinshasa (3 collections), Kenya (5), South Africa (12), Sudan (2), Tanzania (1), Zambia (1)

• Pliocene of South Africa (1)

• Miocene to Pliocene of South Africa (2)

Total: 27 collections each including a single occurrence

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