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meaning: "Hyrax like beast"
Named By: Richard Owen in 1841
Time Period: 55-45 Ma
Location: Across the Northern hemisphere, But best known from Western Europe and North America
Size: Average 60 centimetres long
Diet: Herbivore
Fossil(s): Hundreds of specimens
Classification: | Chordata | Mammalia | Perissodactyla | Palaeotheriidae |
Also known as: | Eohippus |

Hyracotherium ( HY-rak-o-THEER-ee-am; "hyrax-like beast") is an extinct genus of very small (about 60 cm in length) perissodactyl ungulates that was found in the London Clay formation. This small, dog-sized animal was once considered to be the earliest known member of Equidae before the type species, H. leporinum, was reclassified as a palaeothere, a perissodactyl family basal to both horses and brontotheres. The remaining species are now thought to belong to different genera, such as Eohippus, which had previously been synonymised with Hyracotherium.

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