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Reconstructions and size estimates for extinct elephants. From Larramendi, 2015.

Reconstructions and size estimates for extinct elephants. From Larramendi, 2015.

Prehistoric taxonomie | Chalicotherium goldfussi(1833) Moropus distans...

Prehistoric taxonomie | Chalicotherium goldfussi(1833) Moropus distans...

Thylacosmilus--marsupial sabertooth. Late Miocene to Late Pliocene (~10 million to 3 million years ago). Looks much like the Smilodon (sabertooth tiger), but is significantly different. It is a metatherian (marsupials are the living metatherians) more closely related to kangaroos & koalas. The similarity between Thylacosmilus and Smilodon is an excellent example of convergent evolution - two distantly relating forms converging upon a simular morphology and life habitat.

Thylacosmilus--marsupial sabertooth. Late Miocene to Late Pliocene (~10 million to 3 million years ago). Looks much like the Smilodon (sabertooth tiger), but is significantly different. It is a metatherian (marsupials are the living metatherians) more closely related to kangaroos & koalas. The similarity between Thylacosmilus and Smilodon is an excellent example of convergent evolution - two distantly relating forms converging upon a simular morphology and life habitat.

A study on the genus' premolar intercuspid notches indicate that Chasmaporthetes was likely hypercarnivorous rather than durophagus as its modern cousins (excluding the aardwolf) are. Description from carnivoraforum.com. I searched for this on bing.com/images

The American Hyena (Chasmaporthetes ossifragus)

A study on the genus' premolar intercuspid notches indicate that Chasmaporthetes was likely hypercarnivorous rather than durophagus as its modern cousins (excluding the aardwolf) are. Description from carnivoraforum.com. I searched for this on bing.com/images

Fleshed out reconstruction of Pelorovis antiquus (bottom). By Mauricio Anton, from the book "Evolving Eden"

35 Cenozoic Creatures As Awesome (Or Even More So) Than Dinosaurs

Fleshed out reconstruction of Pelorovis antiquus (bottom). By Mauricio Anton, from the book "Evolving Eden"

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