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Synthetoceras tricornatus
Synthetoceras tricornatus
Synthetoceras tricornatus Synthetoceras tricornatus
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Synthetoceras tricornatus

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Synthetoceras (Synthetoceras Stirton, 1932)

 

Order: Artiodactyla

Family: Protoceratidae

Temporal range: during the  Miocene (North America)

Dimensions: length - 1,8- 2 m, height - 70- 110 сm, weight - 80 - 300 kg

A typical representative: Synthetoceras tricornatus Stirton, 1932

 

Synthetoceras is a large extinct genus of Artiodactyla, of the family Protoceratidae, endemic to North America from the Miocene epoch, 13.6—5.33 Ma, existing for approximately 8.27 million yearsWith a length of 2 m, Synthetoceras was the largest member of its family. It was also the last, and had what is considered to be the protoceratids' strangest set of horns. The two horns above its eyes looked fairly normal and similar to those of many modern horned mammals, but on its snout it had a bizarre, long horn with a forked tip that gave it a Y shape. Only males had this strange horn, and they probably used it in territorial fights.

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