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Raoellidae
Restoration Indohyus
Restoration of genus Indohyus
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Artiodactyla
Family †Raoelidae

Raoellidae is an extinct family of semi-aquatic artiodactyls in the Suborder Cetancodonta. Fossils of raoellids are found in Eocene strata of South and South-East Asia.

Genus Indohyus

Indohyus ("India's pig") is a genus of extinct artiodactyl known from Eocene fossils in Asia. This small deer-like animal found in the Himalayas is a close relative of whales.

Description

About the size of a raccoon or domestic cat, this herbivorous deer-like creature shared some of the traits of whales, and showed signs of adaptations to aquatic life, including a thick and heavy outer coating to bones which is similar to the bones of modern creatures such the hippopotamus, and reduces buoyancy so that they can stay underwater. This suggests a similar survival strategy to the African mousedeer or water chevrotain which, when threatened by a bird of prey, dives into water and hides beneath the surface for up to four minutes.

Genera

Raoella
 Raoella dograi
Haqueina
 Haqueina haquei
Indohyus
 Indohyus indirae
 Indohyus major
Kunmunella
 Kunmunella kalakotensis
 Kunmunella transversa
Metkatius
 Metkatius kashmiriensis
Khirtharia
 Khirtharia aurea
 Khirtharia dayi
 Khirtharia inflatus

Gallery

  • Indohyus Restoration in Pisa Charterhouse
  • Two Indohyus restoration
  • Indohyus restoration
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