Aletomeryx

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Aletomeryx
Temporal range: 20.6–16.3 Ma
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19th century model from the American Journal of Science
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Palaeomerycidae
Tribe: Aletomerycini
Genus: Aletomeryx
Lull (1920)
Species
  • A. gracilis
  • A. marslandensis
  • A. occidentalis

Aletomeryx is an extinct genus of Artiodactyla, of the family Palaeomerycidae, endemic to North America from the early Miocene epoch (Hemingfordian stage) 20.6—16.3 Ma, existing for approximately 4.3 million years.[1]

Taxonomy[edit]

Aletomeryx was named by Lull (1920). It is the type genus of Aletomerycinae, Aletomerycini. It was assigned to Dromomerycidae by Lull (1920) and Janis and Manning (1998); and to Aletomerycini by Prothero and Liter (2007).[2][3][4]

Fossil distribution[edit]

Fossils have been recovered from the Midway Site in Florida, Saskatchewan, Boron, California, and several sites in Nebraska and Wyoming.

References[edit]

  1. ^ PaleoBiology Database: Aletomeryx, basic info
  2. ^ R. S. Lull. 1920. American Journal of Science 200
  3. ^ C. M. Janis and E. Manning. 1998. Dromomerycidae. In C. M. Janis, K. M. Scott, and L. L. Jacobs (eds.), Evolution of Tertiary mammals of North America 477-490
  4. ^ D. R. Prothero and M. R. Liter. 2007. Family Palaeomerycidae. in D. R. Prothero and S. Foss (eds.), The Evolution of Artiodactyls 241-248