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NEBRASKA STATE MUSEUM, BULLETIN 3, VOLUME 1 APRIL, 1925
During the field season of 1915, while collecting, a mile or two west of Valentine, Cherry County, Nebraska, Messrs. A. C. Whitford and J. B. Burnett secured for the Morrill-Maiben Palaeontological Collections, The Nebraska State Museum, The University of Nebraska, a finely preserved jaw of a small fossil hog, or peccary, belonging to the genus Frosthennops, accessioned No. 85-11-8-15B. & W.
The mandible under consideration was preserved in fine sand and is without blemish save that the condyle and coronoid are wanting. The dentition is perfect. In allusion to the sword-like tusks, which are unduly large, the species name xiphodonticus is proposed for this new Prosthennops. The outstanding features of the mandible are its slenderness and its unusually long, large, strong, sword-like canines. There is a short pre-caninal, and a long post-caninal diastema. It is doubtful if any of the known fossil peccaries were more trim and agile than Prosthennops xiphodonticus.