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  • n. Plural form of peccary.


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  • I made a mistake: the detailed, similar snout anatomy present in both suids and peccaries is more likely shared, not convergent.

    More on what I saw at the zoo

  • Until recently there was just a single wire fence seperating the peccaries from the public, and I always thought this was a bit dangerous in view of the immense teeth these animals have.

    Archive 2006-06-01

  • However, the muscles that operate the disk originate from different points in peccaries and suids.

    Why putting your hand in a peccary’s mouth is a really bad idea

  • Judging from fossils the primitive tooth type for peccaries is bunodonty (viz, where each tooth sports multiple low rounded mound-like cusps), but zygodonty (viz, where mound-like cusps are connected by transverse crests) evolved several times.

    Archive 2006-07-01

  • I’m guessing that this is somehow relevant to the major fusion of the sutures seen in peccaries (maybe peccaries have evolved a novel solution to coping with strains built up during tooth occlusion), but I don’t know if this area has been studied.

    Why putting your hand in a peccary’s mouth is a really bad idea

  • In all placental mammals the lower canine bites ‘ahead’ of the upper canine (look at sloths and you’ll see that they differ – almost certainly because one of their canines isn’t actually a true canine), and in peccaries the almost total lack of enamel on the posterior surface of the lower canine means that it is constantly sharpened as it moves against the enamelled anterior face of the upper canine.

    Why putting your hand in a peccary’s mouth is a really bad idea

  • As Susan Herring wrote in 1972, this probably means that Romer was about right in stating that 'the peccaries are an offshoot of the primitive pigs'.

    More on what I saw at the zoo

  • Hastily authorised, as well as illegal, forest clearings still threaten valuable corridors of native forest and their incredible biodiversity including jaguars, giant armadillos and Chacoan peccaries (which resemble hairy jungle pigs).

    Biodiversity 100: actions for the Americas

  • Emiliana Isasi-Catala wades through a creek and moves nimbly through the foliage, scanning the dark earth covered with fallen leaves for the distinctive round toes of jaguar tracks and the faint trails of smaller animals they prey on: agoutis, tapirs, peccaries and armadillos.

    Jaguars Studied With Motion-Sensing Cameras In Venezuela

  • There are also many animals that still exist today found in the La Brea tar pits, including the gray fox, timber wolf, coyote, a larger version of the American bison, and armadillos and peccaries.

    Dire Wolf: It Stands to Reason


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