Rhinoceros Giants: The Paleobiology of Indricotheres
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser 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
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - AndreasJ - LibraryThing
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