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Temporal range: Late Miocene
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Perissodactyla
Superfamily: Chalicotherioidea
Family: Chalicotheriidae
Subfamily: Schizotheriinae
Genus: Chemositia
Pickford, 1979

Chemositia is an extinct genus of chalicothere, a group of herbivorous, odd-toed ungulate (perissodactyl) mammals. They lived in Africa, and had claws that were likely used in a hook-like manner to pull down branches, suggesting they lived as bipedal browsers.[1]


  1. ^ Coombs, Margery C. (13 Feb 2009). "The chalicothere Metaschizotherium bavaricum (Perissodactyla, Chalicotheriidae, Schizotheriinae) from the Miocene (MN5) Lagerstatte of Sandelzhausen (Germany): description, comparison, and paleoecological significance". Paläontologische Zeitschrift (Springer Berlin / Heidelberg) 83 (1): 85–129. doi:10.1007/s12542-009-0004-x. Retrieved 2009-12-29. 


  • Classification of Mammals by Malcolm C. McKenna and Susan K. Bell