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Diacodexis

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Kingdom  Animalia
Class  Mammalia
Family  †Dichobunidae
Phylum  Chordata
Order  Artiodactyla
Rank  Genus
Diacodexis Minden Pictures stock photos Diacodexis Diacodexis sp oldest
Similar  Pakicetus, Hyopsodus, Chriacus, Phenacodus, Condylarth

Diacodexis is an extinct genus of small herbivore mammal belonging to the family Dichobunidae which lived in North America, Europe and Asia from 55.4 mya—46.2 mya. and existing for approximately 9.2 million years.

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Description

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It is the oldest known even-toed ungulate. In life, it would have resembled a modern duiker, measuring about 50 centimetres (1.6 ft) in body length, but with a much longer tail. Unlike most later species of artiodactyl, it still had five toes on each foot, although the third and fourth toes were already elongated. It may also have had small hooves on each toe. Its teeth suggest that it was a herbivorous browser.

As suggested by its long legs, Diacodexis is believed to have been fast-running, capable of leaping relatively far.

Morphology

Fossil specimens of four individuals' body mass were examined by Legendre & Roth 1988.

  • Specimen 1: 3.22 kg (7.1 lb)
  • Specimen 2: 2.89 kg (6.4 lb)
  • Specimen 3: 2.62 kg (5.8 lb)
  • Specimen 4: 2.24 kg (4.9 lb)
  • Fossil distribution

    It was widespread, with fossils having been found in Asia, Europe, and North America.

    Diacodexis Palaeos Vertebrates artiodactyla Cetartiodactyla Artiodactyla

    References

    Diacodexis Wikipedia


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