Rhinoceros Giants: The Paleobiology of Indricotheres

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Indiana University Press, 2013 - Nature - 141 pages
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A book for everyone fascinated by the huge beasts that once roamed the earth, Rhinoceros Giants: The Paleobiology of the Indricotheres, introduces a prime candidate for the largest land mammal that ever lived - the giant hornless rhinoceros, Indricotherium. These massive animals lived in Asia and Eurasia for more than 14 million years, about 37 to 23 million years ago. They had skulls 2 metres long, stood over 7 meters at the shoulder, and were nearly twice as heavy as the largest elephant ever recorded, tipping the scales at 20,000 kg. Fortunately, the big brutes were vegetarians, although they must have made predators think twice before trying to bring them down. In this book for lovers of ancient creatures great and small, Donald R. Prothero tells their story, from their discovery by palaeontologists just a century ago to the latest research on how they lived and died, with some interesting side trips along the way.
 

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User Review  - Shrike58 - LibraryThing

This book represents something of a debunking of the creature formerly known as "Baluchitherium," as it seems inevitable that the supposed largest land mammal that ever lived would generate a ... Read full review

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A popsci book about indricotheres, a group of hornless rhinoceroses that included what were probably the largest land mammals ever (tho the largest mammoths and deinotheres were close). Somewhat ... Read full review

Contents

1 Quicksand
1
2 Giant Hunters
17
3 Lands of the Giants
35
4 Rhino Roots
53
5 Whats in a Name?
67
6 Building a Giant
87
7 Paradise Lost
107
Bibliography
123
Index
137
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Recipient of the 2013 James Shea Award of the National Association of Geology Teachers for outstanding writing and editing in the geosciences.

Donald R. Prothero is Emeritus Professor of Geology at Occidental College and Lecturer in Geobiology at the California Institute of Technology. He has published 32 books, including Reality Check: How Science Deniers Threaten Our Future (IU Press, 2013); Earth: Portrait of a Planet; The Evolution of Earth; Evolution: What the Fossils Say and Why It Matters; Catastrophes!; and After the Dinosaurs: The Age of Mammals (IU Press, 2006).

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