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Titanotheres are large, thick-skinned quadrupeds.


As the encyclopedia says, titanotheres were extinct relatives of the rhinoceros and lived during the Oligocene. They lived in areas that are currently in the United States. They are also known as Brontotheres.

Unlike modern rhinos, titanotheres had a forked horn.

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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