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New Fossil Collection of Hippohyus sivalensis (Artiodactyla: Suidae: Suinae) from Late Miocene to Pliocene of Siwaliks of Pakistan

New Fossil Collection of Hippohyus sivalensis (Artiodactyla: Suidae: Suinae) from Late Miocene to Pliocene of Siwaliks of Pakistan

Sadaf Aslam1*, Abdul Majid Khan1 and Muhammad Akhtar2

1Department of Zoology, University of the Punjab, Quaid-e-Azam Campus, Lahore
2Department of Zoology, Minhaj University, Lahore.

*      Corresponding author: sadaf.hons@pu.edu.pk

ABSTRACT

The fossil remains of Hippohyus (Artiodactyla, Mammalia) from the Late Miocene/Pliocene of Middle and Upper Siwaliks are described.Hippohyus sivalensis is a common suid of late Miocene to Pliocene rocks of Tatrot/Hasnot area of Pakistan. The molar resemblance with equids indicates their grazing feeding habits. This species migrated to Potwar land when grasslands became established. It has typical suine characters with hypsodont dentition and complex infolding of enamel surfaces. The described material consists of isolated molars. This discovery will provide a new insight to understand the diversity and geographic distribution of Siwalik Suids.
 

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Pakistan Journal of Zoology

August

Vol. 53, Iss. 4, Pages 1201-1601

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