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Mammalia - Artiodactyla - Merycoidodontidae
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|C. B. Schultz and C. H. Falkenbach 1950||SKULL: Smaller than those of other species of genus; frontals rather flat with depressed area in supraorbital vacuity region; nasals not noticeably retracted; anterior nasal-maxilla contact in area above P1, oblong supraorbital vacuity same position as elongated slot-like depression in P. kayi and the supraorbital foramen in P. stouti; zygomatic arch light, with slight inward curve below posterior border of orbit (more U-shaped from side view than in P. kayi or P. stouti, more like Hypsiops brachymelis petersoni in this respect); posterior border of zygomatic arch above anterior border of postglenoid process, not extending so far posteriorly as in other species of genus; infraorbital forarnen above middle of P 3 ; facial vacuity present; bulla more inflated in P. kayi and P. stouti; palate more oval in outline than other known forms of genus; postglenoid process moderately heavy but lighter and with steeper incline on external border than in other two species of genus.
MANDIBLE: Smaller than those of other species of genus ; ramus deep for size of skull (deeper than in examples of P. kayi and P. stouti); inferior border with less suggestion of downward curve below and posterior to Ma than in latter species.
DENTITION: Series shorter than in other species of genus; C/ and P1 moderately large ...
crowded than in other two species but slightly overlapping and nearly parallel to the alveolar border; slight suggestion of posterior intermediate crest on P2 (Pa worn in available material, and posterior intermediate crest not present).
LIMBS: Short and comparatively robust; considerably smaller than examples of P. kayi and Merychyus siouxensis.