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Rhinoceros Giants: The Paleobiology of Indricotheres

Rhinoceros Giants: The Paleobiology of Indricotheres

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Rhinoceros Giants: The Paleobiology of Indricotheres

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125 página
7 horas
Lançado em:
May 9, 2013
ISBN:
9780253008268
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Written for everyone fascinated by the huge beasts that once roamed the earth, this book introduces the giant hornless rhinoceros, Indricotherium. These massive animals inhabited Asia and Eurasia for more than 14 million years, about 37 to 23 million years ago. They had skulls 6 feet long, stood 22 feet high at the shoulder, and were twice as heavy as the largest elephant ever recorded, tipping the scales at 44,100 pounds. Fortunately, the big brutes were vegetarians. Donald R. Prothero tells their story, from their discovery just a century ago to the latest research on how they lived and died.

Lançado em:
May 9, 2013
ISBN:
9780253008268
Formato:
Livro

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    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 mythology that would be hard to dismantle in the wake of its earlier popularization. Among other points it's noted that these creatures went extinct rather earlier than one time thought, that the arid environment where they lived wasn't kind in terms of preserving fossils, which contributed to serious over-estimates of the size these creatures attained and it doesn't help that the localities where their fossils are found are not exactly friendly to foreign scientists. As for why it went extinct the current suggestion is that the emergence of early mastodons so changed the shared environment that these creatures were undermined and faded away. Also, I'm inclined to agree with the other reviewer that this book could have been better edited.