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Megatylopus

Megatylopus
Temporal range: Miocene
Leg bone of Megatylopus
Conservation status
Fossil
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Suborder: Tylopoda
Family: Camelidae
Genus: Megatylopus
Matthew & Cook, 1909
species
  • M. gigas (type)
  • M. cochrani
  • M. matthewi
  • M. primaevus

Megatylopus is an extinct and large genus of

Taxonomy

Megatylopus was named by Matthew and Cook (1909). Its type is Megatylopus gigas. It was synonymized subjectively with Paracamelus by Macdonald (1959). It was assigned to Camelidae by Matthew and Cook (1909), Webb (1965), Patton (1969), Harrison (1985), Carroll (1988) and Honey et al. (1998).[2][3][4][5][6]

Morphology

It stood about 4.20 m (14 ft) tall, with its legs already measuring 2.10 m (7 ft). Fossil remains have been found in Oklahoma, USA.

Body mass

A single specimen was examined for estimated body mass by M. Mendoza, C. M. Janis, and P. Palmqvist. This specimen was estimated to weigh 1,698.4 kg (3,700 lb) [7]

Fossil distribution

Fossil distribution ranged from North Carolina to California.

References

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