Temporal range: Pliocene to Holocene, 5–0.011Ma
|Platygonus compressus reconstruction at Harvard University|
Le Conte, 1848
Platygonus ("flat head" in reference to the straight shape of the forehead) is an extinct genus of herbivorous peccaries of the family Tayassuidae, endemic to North America from the Miocene through Pleistocene epochs (10.3 million to 11,000 years ago), existing for about .
Platygonus was a gregarious animal and, like modern peccaries, possibly traveled in herds. It ranged from southern Canada to Mexico and from California to Pennsylvania. Stratigraphically, it occurs throughout the Pleistocene (Calabrian), and as early as the Blancan in the Gelasian of the Pliocene. The most recent credible date obtained for its remains is about 11,000 BP.
Platygonus was named by Leconte (1848). It was assigned to Tayassuidae by Le Conte (1848), Hoare et al. (1964) and Carroll (1988).
Platygonus was larger than modern peccaries, at around 1 m (3.3 ft) in body length, and had long legs, allowing it to run well. It also had a pig-like snout and long, carnivore-like tusks which were probably used to fend off predators. It had a complex digestive system, similar to that of a modern ruminant.
- Specimen 1: 133.1 kg (290 lb)
- Specimen 2: 162 kg (360 lb)
- Specimen 3: 131 kg (290 lb)
- Specimen 4: 116.6 kg (260 lb)
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