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Merychyus Leidy 1858 (oreodont)

Osteichthyes - Artiodactyla - Merycoidodontidae

PaleoDB taxon number: 42499

Synonym: Metoreodon Matthew and Cook 1909 (taxon 48469)

Full reference: J. Leidy. 1858. Notice of Remains of Extinct Vertebrata, from the Valley of the Niobrara River, Collected during the Exploring Expedition of 1857, in Nebraska, under the Command of Lieut. G. K. Warren, U. S. Top. Eng., by Dr. F. V. Hayden, Geologist to the Expedition. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 10:15-89

Parent taxon: Merychyinae according to M. S. Stevens and J. B. Stevens 2007

Sister taxa: Oreodontoides, Paramerychyus

Subtaxa: Merychyus (Metoreodon), Merychyus arenarum, Merychyus calaminthus, Merychyus crabilli, Merychyus elegans, Merychyus minimus, Merychyus novomexicanus, Merychyus relictus, Merychyus siouxensis, Merychyus smithi, Merychyus verrucomalus

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Type: Merychyus elegans

Ecology: ground dwelling herbivore