Dinopedia
Advertisement
Paleoparadoxia
Paleoparadoxia-2355999d-f913-4867-9001-1c96052ad47-resize-750
Scientific classification

Paleoparadoxia is a Desmostylian from Miocene Japan, Alaska, and Mexico.

Description[]

Paleoparadoxia is thought to have fed primarily on seaweeds and sea grasses. The jaws and the angle of the teeth resemble a backhoe bucket. Its bulky body was well adapted for swimming and underwater foraging. Originally interpreted as amphibious, Paleoparadoxia is now thought to have been a fully marine mammal like their living relatives, the sirenians, spending most of their lives walking across the sea bottom like marine hippos.[6] Studies on its habitat preference show that it favoured deep, offshore waters.[7]

Tokunaga 1939 named the genus Cornwallius but Reinhart 1959 synonymized it as a species of Paleoparadoxia.

Gallery[]

Advertisement