(Near perfect tooth).
Named By: Gabunia - 1964.
Classification: Chordata, Mammalia, Artiodactyla, Entelodontidae.
Species: P. macrognathus.
Size: Around 2 meters tall.
Known locations: Asia.
Time period: Oligocene through to Burdigalian of the Miocene.
Fossil representation: Several specimens.
not especially one of the most well-known of the entelodonts,
Paraentelodon is one of the largest known genera
being comparable to
in size. Paraentelodon appears in Asia as the
earlier Entelodon began to decline and continues to
currently known genus of entelodont in Asia in the early stages of the
Miocene. Daeodon also seems to have held a
similar ecological niche
as Paraentelodon during the early Miocene, but
is so far only known
from North America.
The exact diets of entelodonts have always been subjects of debate for palaeontologists because although they may have been capable of eating plants, the larger ones such as Paraentelodon may have used their large size to either kill other animals or intimidate other predators into giving up their kills.
- The Evolution of Artiodactyls. - The Johns Hopkins University Press. - Donald R. Prothero & Scott E. Foss - 2007.