Flat-headed Peccary

Flat-headed peccary, Platygonus compressus

Peccaries are New World relatives (family Tayssuidae) of the Old World true pigs (family Suidae). They can easily be distinguished from true pigs by the fact that their upper canines (tusks) point downward, whereas the tusks of true pigs curve upward. The flat-headed peccary is one of two species that were present in the U.S. Midwest during the last ice age, and both species have since become extinct. Currently, only the collared peccary (Tayassu tajacu) remains in the U.S., and its range is restricted from Arizona and Texas south to Argentina. 

Flat-headed peccary, Platygonus compressus

Composite skeleton of a flat-headed peccary, Platygonus compressus, from Welsh Cave, KY. On display in the Changes exhibit at the Illinois State Museum.

Artiodactyla (Hoofed Mammals)
Tayassuidae (Peccaries)

Height: 0.75 m (2.5 ft); Kurtén and Anderson 1980

Weight: 44.4 kg (98lb); Mendoza et al. 2006