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Paratoceras
Temporal range: Miocene
Paratoceras tedfordi by karkemish00-d5b9mtm.jpg
An artist's illustration and size comparison of Paratoceras tedfordi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Protoceratidae
Genus: Paratoceras
Frick, 1937
Referred species
  • Paratoceras macadamsi (Frick 1937)
  • Paratoceras tedfordi (Webb et al. 2003)
  • Paratoceras wardi (Patton & Taylor 1973)

Paratoceras is an extinct genus of medium-sized protoceratid endemic to North America from the Miocene epoch, 16.3—15.97 Ma, existing for approximately 0.33 million years.

TaxonomyEdit

Paratoceras was named by Frick (1937). Its type is Paratoceras macadamsi. It was assigned to Protoceratidae by Frick (1937) and Carroll (1988); and to Protoceratinae by Webb (1981), Prothero (1998), Webb et al. (2003) and Prothero and Ludtke (2007).

MorphologyEdit

Paratoceras resembled deer. However they were more closely related to camelids. In addition to having horns in the more usual place, protoceratids had additional, rostral horns above the orbital cavity. Paratoceras was larger than Eocene members of Tylopoda: Heteromeryx, Leptoreodon, Leptotragulus, Toromeryx, Trigenicus and Poabromylus.

Body massEdit

A single fossil specimen of Paratoceras was measured by M. Mendoza, C. M. Janis, and P. Palmqvist for body mass. The specimen was determined to weigh:

  • Specimen 1: 73.3 kg (160 lb)

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