13 feb. 2021
Eurodexis is a genus of very primitive ungulate that lived during the Eocene epoch of Europe. It belonged to the Dichobunidae family and represented one of the earliest known ungulates. In life, Eurodexis would have resembled a 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.
Eurodexis ceciliensis is one of two species within the genus and fossils have been found in Germany, dating from the Eocene epoch. It was a medium-sized species, reaching about 50 cm in length (without its tail) and weighted about 3 kg.
Franzen & Krumbiegel, 1980
Franzen, J.L. and G. Krumbiegel. 1980. Messelobunodon ceciliensis n. sp. (Mammalia, Artiodactyla) - ein neuer Dichobunide aus der mitteleozänen Fauna des Geiseltals bei Halle (DDR). (Messelobunodon ceciliensis n. sp. - a new Dichobunidae from the Middle Eocene fauna of the Geiseltal, Halle (DDR)). Zeitschrift der geologischen Wissenschaften, Berlin 8(12):1553-1560