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"Statistical methods will better inform analyses that address the continent-wide issue of distinguishing Mesohippus from
Miohippus. These two genera are difficult to distinguish(Stirton, 1940), but are considered distinct based on the presence
and condition of the articular facet on the third metatarsal, which articulates with the cuboid; larger hypostyles; a longer face(*); and
a deeper facial fossa (Prothero and Shubin, 1989; MacFadden,1998). The paleopopulation of John Day Miohippus is not
adequate in addressing this issue because there are only five occurrences of Mesohippus in the entire assemblage. Very few
specimens from the Turtle Cove assemblage were identified as Mesohippus, and those that were identified as such were
determined to be statistically different from the specimens of Miohippus. "

(*): for the ones among us who see the funny side of equid systematics

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