- Xenohystrix crassidens
- Greenwood 1955
- Meaning of generic name
- Foreign Hystrix
- Meaning of specific name
- with thick teeth
- 60-90 cm. (1.97-2.95 feet)
- Age and Distribution
- Miocene, Ma West Margin site (5.7 - 5.2 million years ago), Ethiopia
Pliocene Makapansgat (Members 3,4) 3.7 - 2.5 million years ago) South Africa,
- Mammalia, Rodentia, Ctenohystrica, Hystricognathi, and Hystricidae
- Further Reading
- Leslea J. Hlusko. 2007. EARLIEST EVIDENCE FOR ATHENURUS AND XENOHYSTRIX (HYSTRICIDAE, RODENTIA) IN AFRICA, FROM THE LATE MIOCENE SITE OF LEMUDONGYO, KENYA. The Cleveland Museum of Natural History.
Thursday, 28 November 2013
This picture [rights not yet acquired for this blog, but see link while it lasts] is of Hystrix cristata, a living relative of the Miocene/Pliocene porcupine Xenohystrix crassidens. Both are in the family Hystricidae. Hystrix cristata is native to Africa and Italy, including Sicily.