Protypotherium

Name: Protypotherium.
Phonetic: Pro-te-po-fe-re-um.
Named By: Florentino Ameghino‭ ‬-‭ ‬1882.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Mammalia,‭ ‬Notoungulata,‭ ‬Typotheria,‭ ‬Interatheriidae.
Species: P.‭ ‬antiquum‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Herbivore/carnivore‭?
Size: 40‭ ‬centimetres long.
Known locations: South America,‭ ‬particularly Argentina.
Time period: Miocene.
Fossil representation: Several individuals.

       Protypotherium might have looked like a long legged rabbit,‭ ‬but it was actually a notoungulate,‭ ‬a group of mammals unrelated to rabbits.‭ ‬The biggest confusion about Protypotherium is regarding its diet since it possesses all forty-four mammalian teeth,‭ ‬yet no real specialisation towards a specific diet.‭ ‬While Protypotherium is usually interpreted as being a browser of vegetation,‭ ‬there is commonplace speculation about how it might have been a scavenger of carrion as well.



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