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Mammalia - Artiodactyla - Merycoidodontidae
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|C. B. Schultz and C. H. Falkenbach 1950||SKULL: Size medium, basal lengths ranging from 237 to 287 mm., widths from 140 to 178 mm. (approximately same size as large ex- amples of Mesoreodon); submesocephalic to brachycephalic; supraoccipital wings widely spread and protruding posteriorly, deeply notched at sides, similar to examples of Phenacocoelus and Hypsiops, but definitely differing from the narrow, posteriorly protruding wings of Mesoreodon; sagittal crest moderately prominent, less so than in Hypsiops; brain case well inflated but depressed posteriorly; frontals from moderately wide to wide; orbits oval in outline with an almost vertical axis, looking mostly outward and upward; squamosal portion of zygomatic arch light, extending posteriorly to above postglenoid process, superior border not very high; malar deep below orbit; infraorbital foramen above P4 ; lacrimal fossa large and deep; premaxillae joined for about the same distance as in examples of Hypsiops, less than in Mesoreodon; occipital condyles medium to large in size; paroccipital process wide laterally at base; bulla large and inflated, with depressed inferior surface (similar to that of Hypsiops, but not to degree noted in examples of Ustatochoerus); postglenoid proc- ess moderately robust, long vertically; posterior palate projects posteriorly beyond M3.
MANDIBLE: Moderately robust; postsymphysis below Pa; inferior border of ramus almost parallel to dental series from symphysis to a point below the last lobe of Ma, with a sharp downward curve extending posteriorly from M3 (more abrupt than in examples of Hypsiops or Mesoreodon); ascending ramus high, higher than in Hypsiops or Mesoreodon; condyles set at less than right angle to axis of dental series with external border of condyle noticeably farther forward than internal border; (characters of mandible based on holotype of ?Pseudomesoreodon boulderensis).
DENTITION: Brachyodont to subhypsodont; series longer than in examples of Hypsiops or Phenacocoelus, approximately same length as small examples of Mesoreodon,· slight crowding of premolars; C/ moderately light; P1-P 3 each with prominent anterior intermediate crest; external styles of superior molars light; P1 moderately heavy; Pa with suggestion of the posterior intermediate crest.
LIMBS: Robust, approximately same length as examples of H. brachymelis and P. stouti; heavier and somewhat shorter than examples of Mesoreodon (from the Gering formation).