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Aksyiria

Aksyiria oligostus

Resurrected on:

7 feb. 2021

Genus information

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.

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Dichobunidae

Asia

Eocene

Species information

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.

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Distribution:

Epoch:

Aksyiria oligostus

Gabunia, 1973

Asia

Eocene

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Weight:

15 cm

10 cm

500 gr

Reference:

Averianov, A., 1996. Artiodactyla from the early Eocene of Kyrgyzstan. Palaeovertebrata 25(2-4):359-369

Size comparison extinct dinosaur animal megafauna

Size comparison

Extinct dinosaur animal megafauna distribution map

Distribution map

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