Named By: Le Conte - 1848.
Synonyms: Euchoerus, Hyops and Protochoerus.
Classification: Chordata, Mammalia, Artiodactyla, Tayassuidae.
Species: P. compressus (type), P. bicalcaratus, P. brachirostris, P. intermedius, P. oregonensis, P. pearcei, P. vetus.
Size: Up to 1 meter long.
Known locations: Mostly known from across the United States. Fossils also reported from Argentina, Canada, Mexico and Uruguay.
Time period: Tortonian of the Miocene through to the Holocene.
Fossil representation: Many individuals.
Platygonus is an extinct genus of peccary, a kind of artiodactyl mammal that is similar to a pig in physical appearance and ecological niche, yet is of a completely separate family. With larger Platygonus approaching one meter in length, they were quite a bit larger than modern peccaries. Platygonus may have been hunted by wolves and machairodont sabre-toothed cats such as Smilodon and Xenosmilus.
- Estimating the body mass of extinct ungulates: a study on the use of multiple regression - Journal of Zoology 270 (1): 90–101. - M. Mendoza, C. M. Janis & P. Palmqvist - 2006.