Anomotherium

Anomotherium is an extinct genus of manatee that lived in the shallow seas of what is now northern Germany.[1] Its closest relative is Miosiren.[2]

Anomotherium
Temporal range: Oligocene
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Anomotherium

Siegfried, 1965
Species
  • Anomotherium langewieschei Siegfried, 1965 (type)

EcologyEdit

Like extant sirenians, Anomotherium was probably capable of feeding upon seagrasses, brown algae, and mollusks on the shallow seabead.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://fossilworks.org/bridge.pl?a=taxonInfo&taxon_no=36875
  2. ^ Voss, M. (2014). "On the invalidity of Halitherium schinzii Kaup, 1838 (Mammalia, Sirenia), with comments on systematic consequences". Zoosystematics and Evolution. 90 (1): 87–93. doi:10.3897/zse.90.7421.
  3. ^ Diedrich, C (2008). "The food of the miosiren Anomotherium langenwieschei (Siegfried)—Indirect proof of seaweed or seagrass by xenomorphic oyster fixation structures in the Upper Oligocene (Neogene) of the Doberg, Bünde (NW Germany) and comparisons to modern Dugong dugon (Müller) feeding strategies". Senckenbergiana Maritima. 38: 59–73. doi:10.1007/BF03043869.

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