Merycochoerus Leidy 1858 (oreodont)

Mammalia - Artiodactyla - Merycoidodontidae

Synonym: Paracotylops Matthew 1901

Full reference: J. Leidy. 1858. Notice of Remains of Extinct Vertebrata, from the Valley of the Niobrara River, Collected during the Exploring Expedition of 1857, in Nebraska, under the Command of Lieut. G. K. Warren, U. S. Top. Eng., by Dr. F. V. Hayden, Geologist to the Expedition. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 10:15-89

Parent taxon: Merycochoerinae according to C. B. Schultz and C. H. Falkenbach 1940

See also Alroy 2002, Cope 1884, Lander 1998, Loomis 1920, Schultz and Falkenbach 1949, Stevens and Stevens 2007, Thorpe 1921, Thorpe 1924 and Thorpe 1937

Sister taxon: Hypsiops

Subtaxa: Merycochoerus (Brachycrus) Merycochoerus chelydra Merycochoerus magnus Merycochoerus matthewi Merycochoerus pinensis Merycochoerus proprius

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Type: Merycochoerus proprius

Ecology: ground dwelling herbivore


• Miocene of Canada (1: Saskatchewan collection), Panama (2), United States (22: Colorado, Nebraska, Oregon, Wyoming)

• Harrisonian of United States (15: Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wyoming)

• Arikareean of United States (7: Montana, North Dakota, Oregon)

• Oligocene of United States (1: Nebraska)

Total: 48 collections each including a single occurrence

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