Name: Hyrachyus ‭(‬Hyrax pig‭)‬.
Phonetic: Hy-rak-hy-us.
Named By: Joseph Leidy‭ ‬-‭ ‬1871.
Synonyms: Chasmotherium,‭ ‬Colonoceras,‭ ‬Hyrachyus agrarius,‭ ‬Hyrachyus agrestis,‭ ‬,‭ ‬Hyrachyus bairdianus,‭ ‬Hyrachyus crassidens,‭ ‬Hyrachyus hypostylus,‭ ‬Hyrachyus imperialis,‭ ‬Hyrachyus princeps,‭ ‬Ephyrachyus,‭ ‬Isectolophus modestus,‭ ‬Lophiodon affinis,‭ ‬Lophiodon bairdianus,‭ ‬Lophiodon modestus,‭ ‬Metahyrachyus.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Mammalia,‭ ‬Perissodactyla,‭ ‬Hyrachyidae.
Species: H.‭ ‬affinis,‭ ‬H.‭ ‬bicornutus,‭ ‬H.‭ ‬douglassi,‭ ‬H.‭ ‬eximius,‭ ‬H.‭ ‬modestus.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: Up to about‭ ‬1.5‭ ‬meters long.
Known locations: Seemingly across northern Eurasia and North America with countries including England,‭ ‬France,‭ ‬Germany,‭ ‬Jamaica,‭ ‬Japan Spain,‭ ‬Switzerland and the USA.
Time period: Thanetian of the Paleocene through to Lutetian of the Eocene.
Fossil representation: Remains of well over‭ ‬100‭ ‬individuals.

       The type genus of the Hyrachyidae,‭ ‬Hyrachyus usually considered to be an ancient relative of the tapirs.‭ ‬Hyrachyus would have been an average sized herbivore for its time,‭ ‬and may have been hunted by other types of mammals such as mesonychids.

Further reading
-‭ ‬Oldest West Indian Land Mammal:‭ ‬Rhinocerotoid Ungulate from the Eocene of Jamaica,‭ ‬D.‭ ‬P.‭ ‬Domning,‭ ‬R.‭ ‬J.‭ ‬Emry,‭ ‬R.‭ ‬W.‭ ‬Portel,‭ ‬S.‭ ‬K.‭ ‬Donovan‭ & ‬K.‭ ‬S.‭ ‬Schindler‭ ‬-‭ ‬1997.


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