Sunday, May 19, 2024
Contact    |    RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon  
Unexplained Mysteries
You are viewing: Home > News > Palaeontology > News story
Welcome Guest ( Login or Register )  
All ▾
Search Submit


Prehistoric rhino was taller than a giraffe

By T.K. Randall
June 23, 2021 · Comment icon 2 comments

These enormous mammals were the giants of their time. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 ABelov2014
Weighing the equivalent of four elephants, Paraceratherium linxiaense was an absolute monster.
When we think of large extinct land mammals, we tend to think of the woolly mammoth, however there was another, even larger genus of gargantuan land mammal that towered over everything else.

Paraceratherium - which was an extinct genus of rhinoceros - was among the largest land mammals that ever walked the face of the Earth. Lacking the horns of modern rhinos, it grazed the prehistoric treetops from the early to late Oligocene epoch around 34-23 million years ago.

Now the fossil remains of a new, particularly large species - Paraceratherium linxiaense - have been discovered near Wangjiachuan village in north-western China.
Dating back 26.5 million years, weighing in at 21 tons and standing 23ft tall, this enormous creature once roamed between what is now north-west China and the Indian-Pakistani subcontinent.

"Tropical conditions allowed the giant rhino to return northward to Central Asia, implying that the Tibetan region was still not uplifted as a high-elevation plateau," said study author Dr Deng Tao.

Source: BBC News | Comments (2)

Other news and articles
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Orphalesion 3 years ago
Oh yeah, I love that one! Ever since I was a child. That's one animal where I really wish it was still around!
Comment icon #2 Posted by Jon the frog 3 years ago
That's huge ! Imagine the BBQ we could do with that beast !

Please Login or Register to post a comment.

Our new book is out now!
Book cover

The Unexplained Mysteries
Book of Weird News


Take a walk on the weird side with this compilation of some of the weirdest stories ever to grace the pages of a newspaper.

Click here to learn more

We need your help!
Patreon logo

Support us on Patreon


For less than the cost of a cup of coffee, you can gain access to a wide range of exclusive perks including our popular 'Lost Ghost Stories' series.

Click here to learn more

Top 10 trending mysteries
Recent news and articles