Blastomeryx gemmifer Cope 1874 (musk deer)

Mammalia - Ungulata - Moschidae

Alternative combinations: Dicrocerus gemmifer, Merycodus gemmifer

Synonyms: Blastomeryx elegans Matthew and Cook 1909, Blastomeryx francesca Frick 1937, Blastomeryx medius Matthew 1924, Blastomeryx mefferdi Frick 1937

Full reference: E. D. Cope. 1874. Report on the stratigraphy and Pliocene vertebrate paleontology of northern Colorado. Bulletin of the United States Geological and Geographical Survey of the Territories 1(1):9-22

Belongs to Blastomeryx according to D. R. Prothero 2008

See also Cope 1874, Cope 1875, Cope 1875, Cope 1893, Frick 1937, Galbreath 1953, Hay 1902, Matthew 1904, Matthew 1904, Matthew 1908, Matthew 1924, Matthew and Cook 1909, Prothero 2007, Voorhies 1990 and Webb 1998

Sister taxa: Blastomeryx cursor, Blastomeryx vigoratus

Type specimens:

  • Blastomeryx gemmifer: AMNH 8300, a tooth
  • Blastomeryx elegans: AMNH 14101, a mandible (m3).
  • Blastomeryx francesca:
  • Blastomeryx medius: Its type locality is Thomson Quarry, which is in a Hemingfordian terrestrial horizon in the Sheep Creek Formation of Nebraska.
  • Blastomeryx mefferdi: Its type locality is Devil's Gulch Horse Quarry, which is in a Barstovian terrestrial horizon in the Valentine Formation of Nebraska.

Ecology: ground dwelling browser-grazer

Distribution:

• Miocene of United States (9: Nebraska, New Mexico collections)

• Arikareean of United States (1: Montana)

Total: 10 collections each including a single occurrence

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