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Italosiren
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A cranial and dental elements of Italosiren bellunensis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Sirenia
Family: Dugongidae
Genus: Italosiren
Voss, Sorbi, and Domning, 2017
Species: I. bellunensis
Binomial name
Italosiren bellunensis
de Zigno, 1875

Italosiren was a genus of early dugongid sea cows from late Oligocene (Chattian) marine deposits in northern Italy. The type and only species is I. bellunensis.

Classification[]

It was originally classified as a species of Halitherium, H. bellunense, but was eventually recognized as closer to the dugong than to Halitherium schinzii, necessitating erection of the new generic name Italosiren.

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