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Entelodon
Entelodon
General Information
Universe Real Life
Classification Varies by species
Species Type Entelodont
Homeworld Earth
Intelligence Non-sapient
Biochemistry Carbon-based lifeform
Biological Information
Reproduction Sexual; give live birth
Average Height 1.35 m (4.4 ft) tall at the shoulders
Average Length Skull: 65 cm (2 ft 2in)
Locomotion Quadrupedal
Feeding Behavior Omnivorous (presumed)
Lineage Information
Subspecies All extinct: Entelodon magnus, Entelodon ronzonii, Entelodon aymardi, Entelodon verdeaui, Entelodon deguilhemi, Entelodon antiquus, Entelodon dirus, Entelodon gobiensis
Cultural Information
Alignment Neutral
Sociocultral characteristics
Scientific Taxonomy
Planet Earth
Domain Eukaryota
Kingdom Animalia
Subkingdom Eumetazoa
Infrakingdom Bilateria
Superphylum Deuterostomia
Phylum Chordata
Subphylum Vertebrata
Infraphylum Gnathostomata
Superclass Tetrapoda
Class Mammalia
Superorder Laurasiatheria
Order Artiodactyla
Suborder Cetruminantia
Family †Entelodontidae
Genus Entelodon
Species magnus
Other Information
Status Extinct

An Entelodon (meaning "complete teeth", from Ancient Greek ἐντελής entelēs "complete" and ὀδών odōn "tooth") is an extinct genus of artiodactyl formerly endemic to Eurasia—primarily in Europe but also in China—during the Paleogene between the Houldjinian (37.2-33.9 mya) and the early Oligocene (33.9-28.4 mya).

PhysiologyEdit

Fairly typical for an entelodont, the genus possessed large, bulky body. They notably had only two toes on each foot, with slender legs built for fast running. Its long snout and wide head was full of a complete eutherian dentition (3 incisors, 1 canine, 3 premolars, and 3 molars per quadrant) and was supported by a robust and short neck, with cheekbones that were greatly enlarged and noticeably protruding from the sides of its head similar to a warthog. Despite its pig-like appearance it was in fact more closely related to hippos and whales than suids.

DistributionEdit

Entelodon magnus populated a broad swath of Europe, with remains found in Spain, Germany, France, Romania, and the Caucasus. Extensive remains of Entelodon deguilhemi were uncovered in Vayres-sur-Essonne, France. The Chinese Entelodon dirus is known from a single tooth discovered in Nei Mongol.

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