7 feb. 2021
Aksyiria is a genus of very primitive ungulate that lived during the Eocene epoch of Asia. It belonged to the Dichobunidae family and represented one of the earliest known ungulates. In life, Aksyiria would have resembled a very small duiker or chevrotain with a long tail. Each foot retained several toes with small hooves. They were probably fast-running animals due to their long limbs and slender build body. The shape of their teeth suggests they were browsers, feeding on small leaves in the undergrowth of dense forests or semi-open landscapes.
Aksyiria oligostus is the only species within its genus and fossils have been found in Kazakhstan. It was very small in size! It could grow up to 15 cm in length (without its tail) and weighted about 500 gr. The fossil record is very small and until further fossil evidence, the species stays enigmatic.
Averianov, A., 1996. Artiodactyla from the early Eocene of Kyrgyzstan. Palaeovertebrata 25(2-4):359-369