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Some prehistoric prosimians grew to huge sizes as well. Archaeoindris was a 1.5 meter long lemur that lived in Madagascar and weighed 200 kg, more than a silverback gorilla.
Archaeoindris fontoynontii is an extinct, giant lemur and the ...
The largest primate of all time was Gigantopithecus,standing 3 m tall (10 ft) and weighing 540 kilograms (1,200 lb).
Josephoartigasia monesi was the largest rodent of all time, approximately 3 metres (9.8 feet) long and 1.5 metres (4.9 feet) tall and weighing an estimated 1 tonne.
Josephoartigasia monesi, an extinct species of South Am...
Genus † Mammuthus
A mammoth is any species of the extinct genus Mammuthus, proboscideans commonly equipped with long, curved tusks and, in northern species, a covering of long hair. They lived from the Pliocene epoch (from around...
Family † Elephantidae
Genus † Stegotetrabelodon
Genus † Sinomastodon
Sinomastodon ("Chinese mastodont") is an extinct gomphothere genus (of order Proboscidea), from the Late Miocene to the Early Pleistocene deposits of south-east Asia (China, Japan, and Indonesia). I...
Family † Mammutidae
Genus † Zygolophodon
Elephants,mammoths,mastodons and kin (Proboscidea)
Suborder † Plesielephantiformes
Some prehistoric horned rhinos also grew to large sizes. The giant woolly rhino Elasmotherium reached 20 ft long and 6.6 ft high.
Elasmotherium ("Thin Plate Beast") is an extinct genus of giant rhinoceros endemic to Eurasia duri...
The superfamily Rhinocerotoidea, which includes modern rhinoceroses, can be traced back to the early Eocene—about 50 million years ago—with early precursors such as Hyrachyus. Rhinocerotoidea contains three families; the Amyn...
The Largest Beasts to Walk the Earth
It seems that at least once a year, news of the “largest dinosaur ever found” makes headlines. That’s because almost all the contenders for the biggest saurian are so fragmentary that...