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Mixtotheriidae

Mixtotherium

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Family

Order

Class

Mixtotheriidae

Artiodactyla

Mammalia

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Description

The Mixtotheriidae-family consists of just a single genus: Mixtotherium. It was a small herbivorous artiodactyl that lived during the Eocene epoch of Europe and maybe Africa. Not much is known about this family, but they were probably closely related to suids. Their teeth, though, resembled those of modern-day hyracoids and therefore probably browsed on leaves, flowers and bulbs.

Distribution & Fossil evidence

Fossils of Mixtotherium have mainly been found in France and Switzerland and many of these fossils are isolated teeth and some jaw and skull fragments. The relation between the Mixtotheriidae-family and other closely related families is still debated, but they were most likely related to suids.

Species

The genus Mixtotherium consists of several species that have been described from Europe, but the most well-studied species is Mixtotherium cuspidatum.