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Colombitherium tolimense


Colombitherium
is an enigmatic Eocene mammal from South America, known only from a fragmentary jaw. It was placed among the Pyrotheres but this classification was recently challenged.





Name


Colombitherium tolimense

Authority
   

Hoffstetter, 1970


Meaning of the generic name


"Colombia Beast"

 Meaning of the specific name

 


Size


Length: , Skull length:


Remains


Holotype (MNHNCLB 15): fragmentary right maxillary.

Referred specimens:



Age and Distribution


Horizon: Lower part of the Gualanday Group. Late Eocene.

Locality: Unnamed locality, Colombia.


Classification


Mammalia Eutheria Notoungulata Pyrotheria

  Further Reading

  Hoffstetter, R. 1970. Colombitherium tolimense pyrotherien nouveau de la Formation Gualanday (Colombie). Annales de Paleontologie, 56, 149–171. (original description)

Billet, G., Orliac, M., Antoine, P.-O., Jaramillo, C. A. 2010. New observations and reinterpretation on the enigmatic taxon Colombitherium (?Pyrotheria, Mammalia) from Colombia Palaeontology, 53(2): 319-325. (Reevaluation of the holotype)

  Synonyms  












Holotype (MNHNCLB 15) of Colombitherium tolienense. From Billet et al., 2010. Scale bar is 5 cm.

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