Palaeolagus ('ancient hare') is an extinct genus of lagomorph. Palaeolagus lived in the Oligocene period which was about 33-23 million years ago. The earliest leporids described from the fossil record of North America and Asia date to the upper Eocene some 40 million years ago. Selective pressure ostensibly drove them to become ever faster and better at running and jumping. Other fossil finds from Asia indicate more primitive progenitors of Palaeolagus existed in the lower Eocene; this pushes the likely date of divergence of rabbit-like and rodent-like lagomorphs back to more than 50 million years ago.

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  • Palaeolagus ("liebre antigua") es un género extinto de lagomorfos. Esta criatura mide 25 centímetros (10 pies) de largo se asemejó de cerca a un conejo moderno, solamente sus patas traseras más cortas indicaron que no podía saltar. La acción de masticación es también diferente entre los dos grupos, en las quijadas trabajan de lado y en roedores, las quijadas trabajan posterior y delantero. Era un primitivo pariente del grupo del que se desprenden las picas, los conejo y las liebres. (es)
  • Palaeolagus est un genre éteint de lagomorphe qui vivait à l’oligocène en Amérique du Nord, entre 33 et 20 millions d’années. (fr)
  • Il paleolago (gen. Palaeolagus) era un lagomorfo primitivo, fossile dell'Oligocene inferiore del Nordamerica. È quindi imparentato con gli attuali conigli. Questo piccolo animale, lungo al massimo una trentina di centimetri, rappresenta uno dei più antichi lagomorfi conosciuti. Nonostante l'aspetto fosse probabilmente abbastanza simile a quello di un coniglio, il paleolago possedeva caratteristiche antiquate nelle zampe, che non erano ancora allungate quanto quelle delle forme attuali. Probabilmente, quindi, il paleolago non procedeva a balzi ma viveva in tane scavate nella terra, come molti lagomorfi attuali. Le orecchie, probabilmente, erano già abbastanza allungate, e la dentatura era di tipo evoluto. Una delle specie più note è Palaeolagus haydeni. (it)
  • Palaeolagus ('ancient hare') is an extinct genus of lagomorph. Palaeolagus lived in the Oligocene period which was about 33-23 million years ago. The earliest leporids described from the fossil record of North America and Asia date to the upper Eocene some 40 million years ago. Selective pressure ostensibly drove them to become ever faster and better at running and jumping. Other fossil finds from Asia indicate more primitive progenitors of Palaeolagus existed in the lower Eocene; this pushes the likely date of divergence of rabbit-like and rodent-like lagomorphs back to more than 50 million years ago. The 25 centimetres (9.8 in) long creature closely resembled modern rabbits. However, it had shorter hind limbs than living rabbits, suggesting that it was probably unable to hop, and would have instead moved in a creeping fashion similar to a ground squirrel. They were common herbivorous inhabitants of the savanna, plains and woodlands of North America 30 million years ago. The fossil remains of rabbits are scanty and those specimens that have been found are often too fragmentary to determine satisfactory the relationship with living forms. The bones of rabbits and hares are lightweight and fragile in structure, and so they are not easily preserved as fossils. Most of the species are inhabitants of uplands where conditions are not ideal for preservation. In a few deposits, rabbit remains seem numerous but many fossil species are known only from a few teeth and bones. (en)
  • Palaeolagus is een uitgestorven geslacht van zoogdieren dat voorkwam in het Oligoceen. (nl)
  • 古兔(Palaeolagus)是已滅絕的兔科。 古兔很像現今的兔,長25厘米。古兔後肢較短,故可能適合奔跑,但未必能夠跳躍。 (zh)
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  • Palaeolagus ("liebre antigua") es un género extinto de lagomorfos. Esta criatura mide 25 centímetros (10 pies) de largo se asemejó de cerca a un conejo moderno, solamente sus patas traseras más cortas indicaron que no podía saltar. La acción de masticación es también diferente entre los dos grupos, en las quijadas trabajan de lado y en roedores, las quijadas trabajan posterior y delantero. Era un primitivo pariente del grupo del que se desprenden las picas, los conejo y las liebres. (es)
  • Palaeolagus est un genre éteint de lagomorphe qui vivait à l’oligocène en Amérique du Nord, entre 33 et 20 millions d’années. (fr)
  • Palaeolagus is een uitgestorven geslacht van zoogdieren dat voorkwam in het Oligoceen. (nl)
  • 古兔(Palaeolagus)是已滅絕的兔科。 古兔很像現今的兔,長25厘米。古兔後肢較短,故可能適合奔跑,但未必能夠跳躍。 (zh)
  • Palaeolagus ('ancient hare') is an extinct genus of lagomorph. Palaeolagus lived in the Oligocene period which was about 33-23 million years ago. The earliest leporids described from the fossil record of North America and Asia date to the upper Eocene some 40 million years ago. Selective pressure ostensibly drove them to become ever faster and better at running and jumping. Other fossil finds from Asia indicate more primitive progenitors of Palaeolagus existed in the lower Eocene; this pushes the likely date of divergence of rabbit-like and rodent-like lagomorphs back to more than 50 million years ago. (en)
  • Il paleolago (gen. Palaeolagus) era un lagomorfo primitivo, fossile dell'Oligocene inferiore del Nordamerica. È quindi imparentato con gli attuali conigli. Questo piccolo animale, lungo al massimo una trentina di centimetri, rappresenta uno dei più antichi lagomorfi conosciuti. Nonostante l'aspetto fosse probabilmente abbastanza simile a quello di un coniglio, il paleolago possedeva caratteristiche antiquate nelle zampe, che non erano ancora allungate quanto quelle delle forme attuali. Probabilmente, quindi, il paleolago non procedeva a balzi ma viveva in tane scavate nella terra, come molti lagomorfi attuali. Le orecchie, probabilmente, erano già abbastanza allungate, e la dentatura era di tipo evoluto. (it)
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