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Title: 

New remains of Siamotherium pondaungensis (Cetartiodactyla, Hippopotamoidea) from the Eocene of Pondaung, Myanmar: Paleoecologic and phylogenetic implications


Author(s)

Aung Naing Soe, Olivier Chavasseau, Yaowalak Chaimanee, Chit Sein, Jean-Jacques Jaeger, Xavier Valentin & Stéphane Ducrocq


Abstract:

We describe an exceptionally well preserved skull of a small anthracothere from the late middle Eocene of the Pondaung Formation that can be confidently attributed to Siamotherium pondaungensis, a species that was first diagnosed on the basis of a fragmentary maxilla preserving two upper molars. The new material confirms that Siamotherium pondaungensis is an anthracothere and not a helohyid as repeatedly suggested. According to its dentition and skull structure, Siamotherium pondaungensiswas most likely a terrestrial, open-forest animal with an omnivorous diet that showed no significant adaptation to folivory. A phylogenetic analysis that includes both species of Siamotherium confirms their basal position within the Hippopotamoidea.


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http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02724634.2017.1270290

Lurdes Fonseca

Assistant Professor and Researcher at University of Lisbon
Sociologist (PhD), Paleontologist (Researcher in Micropaleontology), Majors in Sociology and Biology, Minor in Geology. Main interests in Paleontology: Microfossils, Molecular fossils, Paleobiology and Paleoecology. (read more about me)