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Moeritherioidea


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(superorder Paenungulata, order Proboscidea)

An extinct suborder of subungulates, known from the upper Eocene and lower Oligocene in Africa, in which the beginning of tusk formation from the second incisors can be recognized, and whose dentition was modified by the formation of a diastema and the loss of the lateral lower incisor, the lower canine, and the first premolar. The animal was about the size of a modern tapir, with a long body, short legs, and a flexible snout. It may have inhabited marshes, and may have been amphibious.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences.


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