Ancylopoda

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Ancylopods
Temporal range: Eocene–Early Pleistocene
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Perissodactyla
Suborder: Ancylopoda
Superfamilies[1]

Ancylopoda is a group of browsing, herbivorous, mammals in the Perissodactyla that show long, curved and cleft claws.[2] Morphological evidence indicates the Ancylopoda diverged from the tapirs, rhinoceroses and horses (Euperissodactyla) after the Brontotheria, however earlier authorities such as Osborn sometimes considered the Ancylopoda to be outside Perissodactyla or, as was popular more recently, to be related to Brontotheria.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jacobs, Louis L.; Scott, Kathleen Marie (1998). Evolution of Tertiary Mammals of North America: Terrestrial carnivores, ungulates, and ungulatelike mammals. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-35519-3. 
  2. ^ Coombs, Margery C.; Rothschild, Bruce M. (Jul 1999). "Phalangeal Fusion in Schizotheriine Chalicotheres (Mammalia, Perissodactyla)". Journal of Paleontology (Paleontological Society) 73 (4): 682–690. JSTOR 1306767.