Desmostylidae is an extinct family of herbivorous marine mammal belonging to the order of Desmostylia living along the coast of the Pacific Ocean from the Rupelian stage of the Early Oligocene through the Chattian stage of the Late Oligocene (33.9 mya—20.0 Mya) existing for approximately 13.9 million years..
Desmostylidae are hippopotamus-like creatures.
Desmostylidae was named by H. F. Osborn (1905). It was assigned to Sirenia by Osborn (1905); to Proboscidea by Abel (1919); to Desmostyliformes by Simpson (1932), Kretzoi (1941) and Reinhart (1959); to Desmostylia by McKenna and Bell (1997); and to Desmostylia by Carroll (1988), Inuzuka et al. (1995), Inuzuka (2000) and Barnes and Goedert (2001).
Desmostylidae include the genus Behemotops, Desmostylus, Kronokotherium, Paleoparadoxia, Vanderhoofius.
1. ^ Paledobiology Database: Desmostylidae
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