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Messelobunodon

Messelobunodon schaeferi

Resurrected on:

13 feb. 2021

Genus information

Messelobunodon 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, Messelobunodon 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.

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Dichobunidae

Europe

Eocene

Species information

Messelobunodon schaeferi is one of two species within its genus and fossils have been found in the Messel Pit of Germany, dating back to the Eocene epoch. It was a medium-sized species, reaching 42 cm in length (without its tail) and weighted about 2,5 kg. A complete skeleton has been found with still its gut content retained. Therefore, it is known that M. schaeferi fed on leaves, fruits and mushrooms.

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Messelobunodon schaeferi

Franzen, 1980

Europe

Eocene

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42 cm

30 cm

2,5 kg

Reference:

Theodor, J.M., J. Erfurt, and G. Metais. 2007. The earliest artiodactyls. In D. R. Prothero, S. E. Foss (eds.), The Evolution of Artiodactyls

Size comparison extinct dinosaur animal megafauna

Size comparison

Extinct dinosaur animal megafauna distribution map

Distribution map

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