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Suidae

W. Henry Gilbert

in Homo erectus

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780520251205
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520933774 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520251205.003.0011
Suidae

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The taxonomic group Suina includes Suidae (pigs) and Tayassuidae (peccaries). The first well-established suids were present in Eurasia by the early Miocene. Numerous forms are known, among them Tetraconodontinae and Suinae. This chapter examines the assemblage of African suid fossils found in the Daka Member. Specimens include three nearly complete crania, several more fragmentary crania, and numerous dental specimens. These fossils comprise samples of Kolpochoerus majus, Kolpochoerus olduvaiensis, Metridiochoerus compactus, Metridiochoerus modestus, and Phacochoerus.

Keywords: Suina; Suidae; pigs; Tetraconodontinae; Suinae; Kolpochoerus majus; Kolpochoerus olduvaiensis; Metridiochoerus compactus; Metridiochoerus modestus; Phacochoerus

Chapter.  12616 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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