Moeritherium mammals, artwork

Moeritherium mammals, artwork

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Credit: WALTER MYERS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Moeritherium mammals. Artwork of proboscideans of the genus Moeritherium, wallowing in a swamp 36 million years ago in what is today North Africa. Resembling modern tapirs or pygmy hippopotamuses, Moeritherium is in fact related to elephants. It stood about 80 centimetres at the shoulder, and was about 3 metres long. Dwelling in swamps and rivers and feeding on soft vegetation, it is believed these mammals occupied an ecological niche that was subsequently filled by hippopotamuses.

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