Palaeotragus

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Palaeotragus
Temporal range: Miocene
Climacoceras gentryi e.jpg
Comparison of Palaeotragus (center) with Climacoceras
Fossil
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Giraffidae
Subfamily: Palaeotraginae
Genus: Palaeotragus
Gaudry 1861[1]
Species

P. primaevus
P. germaini

Palaeotragus ("ancient goat") is a genus of very large, primitive, okapi-like giraffid from the Miocene of Africa, Eurasia.

P. microdon fossil

Palaeotragus primaevus is the older species, being found in early to mid-Miocene strata, while Palaeotragus germaini is found in Late Miocene strata.

P. primaevus is distinguished from P. germaini by the lack of ossicones. It was also the smaller species, being a little under 2 m (6 ft 7 in) at the shoulders. P. germaini had a pair of ossicones, and in life, it would have resembled either a short-necked, 3 m (9.8 ft) tall giraffe, or a gargantuan okapi.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Palaeotragus in the Paleobiology Database. Retrieved May 2013.

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