Fossil litoptern skeleton - ROM2007_9476_5

ROM2007_9476_5

Fossil litoptern skeleton

Place Collected
(Object)
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South America, Argentina
Taxonomy
    • Attributes
    • Objects
    • Taxonomy
    • KingdomAnimalia
    • PhylumChordata
    • ClassMammalia
    • OrderLitopterna
    • FamilyMachraucheniidae
    • GenusMacrauchenia
    • SpecificEpithetpatachonica
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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