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Titanotheres are large, thick-skinned quadrupeds. They are also known as Brontotheres:

The term "brontothere", meaning thunder - beast,
was a product of Sioux Indian mythology. The
Brontotherium they were referring to was a large
Oligocene mammal, distantly related to the
rhinoceros, and had a forked "horn" on its snout.
Being larger in the males than in the females, this
horn was probably used in fighting, much like those
of deer and antelope today. The brontotherium died
out as the great forests were replaced by grasslands
where horses, rhinos and other mammals became more

TIME - 37.5 - 32MYA, Early Oligocene epoch
RANGE - USA - NV, CA (Death Valley), SD, ND
SIZE - These creatures reached a height of up to
8 ft (2.5 m) at the shoulder.
WEIGHT - 2 US tons

Encyclopedia entry

Extinct rhinos include a variety of forms, the most
spectacular being _Baluchitherium_ from the Oligocene of
Asia, which is the largest known land mammal. Its body, 18
feet high at the shoulder and carried on massive limbs,
allowed the 4-foot-long head to browse on the higher branches
of trees. Though not as enormous, the titanotheres of the
early Tertiary were also large perissodactyls, _Brontotherium_
of the Oligocene being 8 feet high at the shoulder.

[ Prehistoric Animals, by Barry Cox ]

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