Anisodon

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Anisodon
Temporal range: Late Miocene
ChalicotheriumDB1.jpg
Restoration
Fossil
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Perissodactyla
Family: Chalicotheriidae
Subfamily: Chalicotheriinae
Genus: Anisodon
Species: A. grande

Anisodon is an extinct genus of chalicothere that lived in Europe during the late Miocene. It stood at about 150 cm and weighed around 600 kg. The animals clawed forelimbs would have allowed it to pull down tree branches in order to browse, as well as deter Miocene predators such as bear-dogs and saber-toothed cats.

Foot bones
Models in Basel

References[edit]

  • Classification of Mammals by Malcolm C. McKenna and Susan K. Bell (page 149)
  • Catalogue of the Fossil Mammalia in the British Museum, (Natural History): Part 3. Containing the Order Ungulata, Suborders Perissodactyla, Toxodontia, Condylarthra, and Amblypoda by Richard Lydekker (page 162)