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Photo: A Prehistoric Mammal, Indricotherium transouralicum.
A prehistoric mammal, Indricotherium transouralicum
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Where are they found? Asia

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About 25 million years ago (during the Paleogene Period), Asia was inhabited by huge mammals that would appear strange to us today. They included the largest and heaviest land mammal known: Indricotherium transouralicum—a gigantic hornless relative of the rhinoceros.

Indricotherium was about 8 m (26 ft.) long and 4.5 m (14.8 ft.) tall. It weighed approximately 11 t (12 tn.). Its massive body was supported by pillar-like, three-toed limbs, and was topped by a long neck and head. It was a tree-top browser much like the giraffe.

Remains of this extraordinary mammal have been found in China and Mongolia.


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