Heptacodon

Heptacodon curtus

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Genus information

Heptacodon is a genus of primitive ungulate that lived between the Eocene and Oligocene epoch of North America. In life, it would have resembled a small hippopotamus-like animal with a narrow skull and pig-like features. Heptacodon were probably bound to aquatic habitats, inhabiting swamps and shores of rivers and lakes. There, it probably fed on aquatic vegetation and roots.

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Anthracotheriidae

North America

Eocene to Oligocene

Species information

Fossils of Heptacodon curtus have been found in the United States of America and originated from the Oligocene epoch. It was a fairly small anthracothere, growing up to 1.2 meters in length and it weighted about 180 kg. At least four other species of Heptacodon are currently known.

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Heptacodon curtus

Marsh, 1894

North America

Oligocene

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1.2 m

50 cm

180 kg

Reference:

O. C. Marsh. 1894. A new Miocene mammal. American Journal of Science 47(281):409

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