Merycodus Leidy 1854 (pronghorn)

Mammalia - Artiodactyla - Antilocapridae

Synonym: Meryceros Frick 1937

Full reference: J. Leidy. 1854. [Abstract of remarks made before a meeting of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, June 6th, 1854]. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 7:89-90

Parent taxon: Antilocapridae according to C. M. Janis and E. Manning 1998

See also Carroll 1988, Cook 1934, Frick 1937, Gregory 1942, Honey and Izett 1988, Leidy 1854, Matthew 1904, Skinner and Taylor 1967 and Voorhies 1990

Sister taxa: Antilocapra, Antilocaprinae, Cosoryx, Hayoceros, Hexameryx, Ilingoceros, Merriamoceros, Merycodontinae, Paracosoryx, Plioceros, Ramoceros, Submeryceros, Texoceros

Subtaxa: Merycodus agilis Merycodus crucensis Merycodus hookwayi Merycodus joraki Merycodus major Merycodus necatus Merycodus prodromus Merycodus sabulonis Merycodus tehuanus Merycodus warreni

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Type: Merycodus necatus

Ecology: ground dwelling browser-grazer

Distribution:

• Miocene of Canada (8: Saskatchewan collections), Mexico (1), United States (68: California, Colorado, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, South Dakota, Wyoming)

• Harrisonian of United States (1: Nebraska)

Total: 78 collections including 79 occurrences

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