Macrauchenia

Macrauchenia

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This image is part of the feature The Beasts That Time Forgot

Credit: CHRISTIAN DARKIN/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Macrauchenia. Artist's impression of the extinct prehistoric mammal Macrauchenia. This herbivore lived 7 million to 20,000 years ago and descended from a group of extinct South American hoofed animals known as litopterns. Fossil evidence of the skull suggested that it had a long muscular proboscis on it's face. Macrauchenia was an extremely agile runner, able to twist and turn to avoid predators. It stood 1.5 metres tall at the shoulder.

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