THE FOSSIL SUIDS OF THE TRANSVAAL CAVES

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SUMMARY

All the fossil suid material available from the deposits at Sterkfontein, Swartkrans and Kromdraai has been examined. Only the two species previously described by Broom occur: Tapinochoerus meadowsi (Broom) at Sterkfontein and Swartkrans as well as at the nearby deposit of Bolt's Farm, and Phacochoerus antiquus Broom at Swartkrans and Kromdraai.

On the basis of new material some further details of the anatomy of these species are given, and their relationships to other species are discussed. Differences in cranial structure between Phacochoerus antiquus and P. africanus are considered to be of sufficient importance to warrant placing the former in a separate subgenus, which has been named Potamochoerops.

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