Fossil litoptern skeleton - ROM2007_9476_5


Fossil litoptern skeleton

Place Collected
South America, Argentina
    • Attributes
    • Objects
    • Taxonomy
    • Kingdom: Animalia
    • Phylum: Chordata
    • Class: Mammalia
    • Order: Litopterna
    • Family: Machraucheniidae
    • Genus: Macrauchenia
    • SpecificEpithet: patachonica
Object number: ROMVP00410
On view
Gallery Location:Reed Family Gallery of the Age of Mammals, South America, Hoofed Mammals, Macrauchenia
DescriptionMacrauchenia patachonica, lived in the early Pleistocene, between about 1 and 2 million years ago. This specimen belonged to the order Litopterna, which is characterized by side toe reduction much like modern day horses. It was similar in size and shape to a camel with long limbs and a long neck. The nasal opening was high on the top of the skull suggesting it had a short trunk for a nose, perhaps somewhat longer than living tapirs.
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