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The Domenech’s Pseudo-Goat is an an odd, goat-like hoofed mammal seen once in Central Texas. Size of a cat. White, glossy fur. Rose-colored, goatlike horns. Claws instead of hooves. Around 1850 in Fredericksburg, Texas, the French missionary Emmanuel Domenech talked to an American officer who told him that a Comanche woman kept one of these animals and that they were found wild in the woods.

Possible explanationEdit

  • If described accurately, a taxonomic anomaly. An unusual array of ungulate mammals evolved in the Cenozoic of South America, which was an island during much of that era. Among them was a family of notoungulates known as homalodotheriids, robust forest browsers with clawlike toes instead of hooves that lived in Argentina until about 9 million years ago. None of them, however, had true horns; only the distantly related toxodonts developed dermal horns like those of rhinos. The combination of horns and claws makes it nearly impossible to find a match for this animal in the fossil record.

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