The 26.5 million-year-old remains of Earth’s largest mammal have been found in China. This creature was like today’s rhinoceros in appearance. After studying the remains, the weight of this mammal is said to be four times more than that of an elephant. This giant ancestor of modern-day rhinos roamed China 26.5 million years ago. According to the Chinese Academy of Sciences, this creature at 26 feet long and 16 feet high was the largest mammal on Earth.
African elephants weighed four times more
Scientists told that the weight of this huge creature named Paraceratherium linxiaense was 24 tons. It was four times heavier than an African elephant. Elephants of Africa are considered to be the largest animals to walk the earth today. These giant herbivorous animals without horns roamed Asia 26.5 million years ago.
This creature used to eat trees and leaves
These creatures used to travel from forest to forest to eat leaves, soft plants and shrubs. The fossil remains of this giant animal show that its neck used to reach 23 feet high trees. Due to which it used to eat their soft leaves and twigs. This fossil has been discovered in a prehistoric cemetery in Gansu, China.
A thin skull with a short trunk was attached to the high neck
Chinese researchers told that the skull of this strange animal was thin. It had a short trunk and an unusually long and muscular neck. It was a gigantic creature with friendly behavior. In the Asian continent these creatures encountered prehistoric hyenas and giant crocodiles. Not only this, these creatures also suffered the cold of the Ice Age.
The head of the research team told
Professor Tao Deng, the lead author of this research, said that it weighed 24 tons, which was the same as the total weight of four African elephants or eight white rhinos. It is about 16 feet high and 26 feet long, the long legs were good for running. Its high head rose to a total of 23 feet to reach the leaves at the top of the tree. Professor Deng said that the trunk of its nose was extremely useful for wrapping around the branches. Its front sharp teeth cut off leaves and branches.
[Attribution to NBT]