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Megalohyrax
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An artist's illustration of Megalohyrax eocaenus along with Lavocatavis africana
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Hyracoidea
Family: Pliohyracidae
Subfamily: Saghatheriinae
Genus: Megalohyrax
Andrews, 1903
Binomial name
Megalohyrax eocaenus
Andrews, 1903
Synonyms
  • Mixohyrax Schlosser, 1910

Megalohyrax is an extinct hyrax-grouped genus of herbivorous mammals from the Lower Oligocene, about 33–30 million years ago. Its fossils have been found in Africa and in Asia Minor.

Description[]

This animal was very different from the current hyraxes and much larger, generally reaching the size of a tapir and sometimes exceeding 1.5 meters in length. The legs were strong and the body very massive. The skull was long and low, unlike that of today's hyraxes, and could reach 40 centimeters in length. The dental formula of Megalohyrax was composed of three incisors, one canine, four premolars and three molars.

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