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meaning: "Chain pillar"
Named By: Othniel Charles Marsh in 1888
Time Period: Oligocene-Miocene
Location: Pacific coastlines of North America, Russia and Japan
Size: 1.8 meters long
Diet: Herbivore
Fossil(s): Multiple specimens
Classification: | Chordata | Mammalia | Paenungulata | Desmostylia | Desmostylidae |
Also known as: | Desmostylella | Vanderhoofius coalingensis |

Desmostylus is an extinct genus of herbivorous mammal of the family Desmostylidae living from the Chattian stage of the Late Oligocene subepoch through the Late Miocene subepoch (28.4 mya--7.250 Mya) and in existence for approximately 21.2 million years.

Read more about Desmostylus at Wikipedia
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