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Fossils of prehistoric pig-looking animals ID'd in Tennessee


January 3, 2019

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — East Tennessee State University says its researchers have discovered fossils of two extinct prehistoric, pig-looking species that previously had never been found in the Appalachian region.

The university says the species of peccaries were identified in the fossil-rich clays of the Gray Fossil Site, once a large pond surrounded by forest dating back about 5 million years.

The species are Mylohyus elmorei, found only in one central Florida region, and Prosthennops serus, found in fossil sites around the U.S.

Chris Widga of the ETSU Museum of Natural History at the...

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