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Sanitheriidae

Saniteriids

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Number of resurrected species:

Family

Order

Class

Sanitheriidae

Artiodactyla

Mammalia

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Description

The Sanitheriidae were a small family of suid-like artiodactyls that lived during the Miocene epoch of Eurasia and Africa. In life, they must have resembled a peccary or a small boar in appearance. Sanitheres were bound to aquatic habitats, like swamps and river shores where they fed on both vegetation as on carrion or smaller animals.

Distribution & Fossil evidence

Fossil remains of sanitheres have been found in Greece, India, Pakistan and Namibia and mostly comprise of isolated teeth and fragments of jaws or skulls.

Species

The Sanitheriidae are a small family that currently consists of several genuses. They are probably closely related to suids.