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9 March 2020 New Proterotheriids from the Middle Miocene of Quebrada Honda, Bolivia, and Body Size and Diversity Trends in Proterotheriid and Macraucheniid Litopterns (Mammalia)
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In this work, we describe two new species of proterotheriid litopterns, Olisanophus riorosarioensis gen. et sp. nov. and Olisanophus akilachuta sp. nov. from the middle Miocene (Laventan SALMA) of Quebrada Honda, Bolivia. When incorporated into a recently published phylogenetic analysis (40 taxa; 92 characters), they plot as sister taxa, partially supported by their connected metaconule and protocone on M3. Additionally, we revise the taxonomy of two contemporaneous proterotheriids from La Venta, Colombia. ‘Prolicaphrium' sanalfonensis is reassigned to Mesolicaphrium gen. nov., with a prominent protocone on M3 as an autapomorphy of the genus. We revalidate the genus Neodolodus for Neodolodus colombianus, a species referred to ‘Prothoatherium' or Lambdaconus by previous authors. We used the paleotree R package to examine evolutionary trends in diversity and body size (using m1 length as a proxy) in proterotheriid and macraucheniid litopterns in a phylogenetic context. Proterotheriids were more diverse in the Paleogene than their fossil record indicates; their diversity peaked in the early Miocene and gradually declined until the Pleistocene. Macraucheniids experienced two peaks in diversity, in the early and late Miocene, but were still fairly diverse in the Pleistocene, unlike proterotheriids. Multiple proterotheriid lineages became larger during the Paleogene, but body size was roughly static during the Neogene, with no obvious link between phylogeny and size. Macraucheniids can be grouped into three size classes that are phylogenetically conserved and roughly correspond temporally to Eocene (small Polymorphis spp.), Miocene–Pliocene (medium-sized ‘cramaucheniines’ and early macraucheniines, e.g., Theosodon, Promacrauchenia), and Pleistocene (large macraucheniines, e.g., Macrauchenia) species.

Andrew J. Mcgrath, Federico Anaya, and Darin A. Croft "New Proterotheriids from the Middle Miocene of Quebrada Honda, Bolivia, and Body Size and Diversity Trends in Proterotheriid and Macraucheniid Litopterns (Mammalia)," Ameghiniana 57(2), 159-188, (9 March 2020). https://doi.org/10.5710/AMGH.03.03.2020.3268
Received: 13 June 2019; Accepted: 3 March 2020; Published: 9 March 2020
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