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Miniochoerus forsythae

Mammalia - Ungulata - Merycoidodontidae

Taxonomy
Merycoidodon forsythae was named by Schultz and Falkenbach (1968). Its type specimen is F:AM 72303, a skull, and it is a 3D body fossil. Its type locality is Flagstaff Rim IV, which is in a Chadronian terrestrial horizon in the White River Formation of Wyoming.

It was synonymized subjectively with Prodesmatochoerus natronensis by Lander (1998); it was recombined as Miniochoerus forsythae by Stevens and Stevens (1996) and Stevens and Stevens (2007).

Synonyms
Synonymy list
YearName and author
1954Prodesmatochoerus natronensis Schultz and Falkenbach p. 228 figs. 22, 25
1968Merycoidodon forsythae Schultz and Falkenbach p. 36 figs. gures 1-3, 19-23, 51
1968Otionohyus wardi degrooti Schultz and Falkenbach p. 114 figs. Figures 10, 11, 19-23, 52.
1996Miniochoerus forsythae Stevens and Stevens
2007Miniochoerus forsythae Stevens and Stevens p. 158

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RankNameAuthor
kingdomAnimalia()
Triploblastica
Nephrozoa
Deuterostomia
phylumChordataHaeckel 1847
subphylumVertebrata
superclassGnathostomata
Osteichthyes()
Sarcopterygii
subclassDipnotetrapodomorpha(Nelson 2006)
subclassTetrapodomorpha()
Tetrapoda()
Reptiliomorpha
Anthracosauria
Batrachosauria()
Cotylosauria()
Amniota
RankNameAuthor
Synapsida()
Therapsida()
infraorderCynodontia()
Epicynodontia
infraorderEucynodontia
Probainognathia
Mammaliamorpha
Mammaliaformes
classMammalia
subclassTribosphenida()
infraclassEutheria()
orderUngulata(Linnaeus 1766)
orderArtiodactyla()
familyMerycoidodontidae
subfamilyMiniochoerinae
genusMiniochoerus
speciesforsythae()

If no rank is listed, the taxon is considered an unranked clade in modern classifications. Ranks may be repeated or presented in the wrong order because authors working on different parts of the classification may disagree about how to rank taxa.

Diagnosis
ReferenceDiagnosis
C. B. Schultz and C. H. Falkenbach 1954 (Prodesmatochoerus natronensis)SKULL: Smaller than in examples of P. meekae; brain case suggests slightly more rounded contour than in that species (only available specimen incomplete) ; infraorbital foramen above anterior portion of P4 ; occipital condyles more widely spread than in P. meekae; bulla very small (minute), similar to examples of P. meekae; postglenoid process more robust than in P. meekae.
MANDIBLE: Light; postsymphysis below anterior portion of P,. (Known from incomplete holotype only.)
DENTITION: Series shorter than in P. meekae.
LIMBS: Smaller than in P. meekae. (Known from calcaneum only.)