Cuvieronius is described (Kurtén and Anderson 1980) as having a spiral enamel band on the tusks, molars with secondary trefoils, no cement, and without obliquity to the molar lophs.
In September 2010, Diana M. Alba of the Las Cruces Sun-News reported in the El Paso Times (19 September, p. 5B) the discovery of the skull of Curvieronius in a "dirt mining pit near Mesquite", New Mexico. According to the account, the owner of the property, Eddie Binns, turned the specimen over to New Mexico State University. The skull apparently was damaged badly during removal. A photograph of the skull in situ accompanied the article. In view of the lack of further documentation, the occurrence is not given a site account nor listed below in the records of occurrence.
Fig. 1. Posterior palate of Cuvieronius tropicus, anterior to top. Drawing of a different New Mexico State University specimen (79.1.12.)
Late Blancan: La Union (Morgan and Lucas 2003);
Irvingtonian: Inman Gravel Pit (Morgan and Lucas 2005);
Early Irvingtonian: Domingo (Morgan and Lucas 2005); Adobe Ranch (Morgan and Lucas 2003); Tortugas Mountain Gravel Pit (Morgan and Lucas 2005).
Literature. Kurtén and Anderson 1980; Morgan and Lucas 2003, 2005.
Last Update: 21 Jan 2011