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Mammalia - Artiodactyla - Merycoidodontidae
It was assigned to Oreodontidae by Cope (1884); to Merycoidodontidae by Leidy (1858) and Lander (1998); and to Merycochoerinae by Schultz and Falkenbach (1940) and Stevens and Stevens (2007).
|Year||Name and author|
|1884||Merycochoerus Cope p. 520|
|1901||Merycochoerus (Brachycrus) Matthew p. 397|
|1904||Brachycrus Palmer p. 141|
|1940||Brachycrus Schultz and Falkenbach p. 218|
|1940||Merycochoerus Schultz and Falkenbach p. 277|
|1945||Brachycrus Simpson p. 149|
|1968||Brachycrus Schultz and Falkenbach|
|1988||Brachycrus Kelly and Lander|
|2007||Merycochoerus Stevens and Stevens p. 160|
|2007||Brachycrus Stevens and Stevens p. 164|
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|C. B. Schultz and C. H. Falkenbach 1940||SKULL.-Medium to very large size; brachycephalic; occipital region fan- shaped with supraoccipital crests protruding posteriorly; cranial region fore- shortened; brain case laterally expanded; frontals wide and moderately convex; zygomatic arches of medium to heavy construction; malars under orbits deep; nasals much reduced; infraorbital foramina above region of M 1 ; muzzle moder- ately to extremely deep; maxillre form a curve along the upper contour in advance of the anterior narial opening; pronounced extension of· the posterior palate to the pterygoid region; bullre inflated but small for size of skull.
MANDIBLE.-Medium to large; long symphysis, with tuberosity on the posterior border.
LIMBs.-Moderately heavy to robust; feet vary from long and light to short and heavy.