Metridiochoerus andrewsi
Metridiochoerus andrewsi
Age approx. 1.90 Million Years Digital Capture: Structured Light Scanner

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This tooth is of an extinct pig is an upper right third molar that belonged to Metridiochoerus andrewisi.  The teeth  are made up of many pillars and are quite high crowned. This is an adaptation to a grass dominated diet. Metridiochoerus andrewsi had a diet which was grass dominated especially in the later forms of this species. This tooth was found by Justus Erus in 2005 in Area 104 on the east side of Lake Turkana.

Metridiochoerus andrewsi is a sexually dimorphic pig with large males and smaller females. The skulls of adult males of this species display well developed zygomatic knobs, the protuberances near the eye sockets. These are absent in the females.

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