Brachyhyops

Name: Brachyhyops
Phonetic: Brak-hy-hy-ops.
Named By: Colbert‭ ‬-‭ ‬1937.
Synonyms: Dyscritochoerus.‭ ‬Possibly also Eoentelodon.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Mammalia,‭ ‬Artiodactyla,‭ ‬Entelodontidae.
Species: B.‭ ‬wyomingensis‭ (‬type‭)‬,‭ ‬B.‭ ‬viensis.
Diet: Omnivore‭?
Size: Unavailable.
Known locations: North America and possibly parts of Asia.
Time period: Lutetian to Bartonian of the Eocene.
Fossil representation: Several specimens

       Brachyhyops was an early entelodont that roamed across North America long before the emergence of large entelodonts such as Daeodon.‭ ‬There is some confusion about Brachyhyops however regarding another genus called Eoentelodon from Asia.‭ ‬In‭ ‬2004‭ ‬Eoentelodon was found to the same genus as Brachyhyops in a study by Lucas and Emry,‭ ‬however a counter to this idea came in‭ ‬2007‭ ‬when I.‭ ‬Vislobokova found Eoentelodon to be different.‭ ‬Researchers are currently split as to which theory is correct,‭ ‬something that adds to the confusion to the validity of Eoentelodon,‭ ‬as well as the amount of fossils that can be attributed to Brachyhyops.



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