Pliohippus tantalus Merriam 1913 (horse)

Mammalia - Perissodactyla - Equidae

Synonyms: Pliohippus (Pliohippus) fairbanksi Merriam 1915, Pliohippus fairbanksi Merriam 1915

Full reference: J. C. Merriam. 1913. New Protohippine Horses From Tertiary Beds on the Western Border of the Mohave Desert. University of California Publications Bulletin of the Department of Geology 7(23):435-442

Belongs to Pliohippus according to T. S. Kelly 1998

See also Gregory 1942, Kelly 1995, Macdonald 1992, MacFadden 1998, Matthew and Stirton 1930, Merriam 1915, Osborn 1918, Stirton 1940, VanderHoof 1933, Whistler 1991 and Whistler and Burbank 1992

Sister taxa: Pliohippus (Astrohippus), Pliohippus (Pliohippus), Pliohippus bakeri, Pliohippus coalingensis, Pliohippus fossulatus, Pliohippus gracilis, Pliohippus mirabilis, Pliohippus nobilis, Pliohippus pernix, Pliohippus potosinus, Pliohippus proversus, Pliohippus spectans, Pliohippus tehonensis

Type specimens:

  • Pliohippus tantalus: UCMP 19434 and 21221, a set of teeth (Two large upper cheek teeth). Its type locality is Ricardo, which is in a Clarendonian terrestrial horizon in the Dove Spring Formation of California.
  • Pliohippus fairbanksi: UCMP 19789, a tooth (a large unworn upper cheek-tooth p4?). Its type locality is Ricardo, which is in a Clarendonian terrestrial horizon in the Dove Spring Formation of California.

Ecology: ground dwelling browser

Distribution:

• Miocene of United States (6: California, Nevada collections)

Total: 6 collections each including a single occurrence

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