Titanoides

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Titanoides
Temporal range: Late Paleocene, 59–56  Ma
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Titanoides primaevus
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Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Pantodonta
Superfamily: Pantolambdoidea
Family: Titanoideidae
Patterson, 1934
Genus: Titanoides
Gidley, 1917
Type species
Titanoides primaevus
Gidley, 1917
Species [1]
  • T. gidleyiJepsen, 1930
  • T. lookiPatterson, 1939
  • T. majorSimons, 1960
  • T. nanusGingerich. 1996
  • T. primaevusGidley, 1917

Titanoides is an extinct genus of pantodont mammal that lived in North Dakota and as far north as central Alberta. They were up to 3 m (9.8 ft) long and up to 150 kg (330 lb) in weight, being the largest mammals of their habitat, a tropical swampland where the main predators were crocodiles. They had a bear-like appearance with huge canines, short limbs and five clawed digits; however, they were herbivores and probably had traits and attributes more similar to diprotodontids. [2] [3]

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References

  1. "Pantodonta". After McKenna & Bell (1997) and Alroy (2002). Retrieved 2 November 2013.
  2. "Titanoides" (PDF).
  3. "Pantodonts, uintatheres and xenungulates: The first large herbivorous mammals". Paleocene mammals of the world.