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Temporal range: Oligocene-Miocene
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Superfamily: Merycoidodontoidea
Family: Merycoidodontidae
Genus: Paroreodon
Thorpe (1923)

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Paroreodon is an extinct genus of oreodont of the family Merycoidodontidae, subfamily Merycoidodontinae, endemic to North America during the Oligocene-Miocene subepochs (30.8—20.6 mya), existing for approximately 10.2 million years.[1]


Paroreodon was named by Thorpe (1921). Its type is Paroreodon marshi. It was synonymized subjectively with Oreodontoides by Schultz and Falkenbach in 1947 and assigned to Merycoidodontidae by Thorpe (1921) and Lander (1998).[2][3][4]

Fossil distribution[edit]

Wheeler County, Oregon.


Paroredon parvus (synonymized with Oreodontoides stocki, Paroredon marshi)


  1. ^ PaleoBiology Database: Paroreodon, basic info
  2. ^ F. B. Loomis. 1920. American Journal of Science
  3. ^ B. Lander. 1998. Oreodontoidea. In C. M. Janis, K. M. Scott, and L. L. Jacobs (eds.), Evolution of Tertiary mammals of North America 402-425
  4. ^ C. B. Schultz and C. H. Falkenbach. 1947. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 88