“Species of hippo ranged across pre-historic Europe, including the giant Hippopotamus antiquus a huge animal which often weighed up to a. Fossils of the European Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus antiquus) first appear in sediments million years old, at the dawn of the Pleistocene. †Hippopotamus antiquus Desmarest (hippo). Osteichthyes – Theriiformes – Synonym: Hippopotamus tiberinus Mazza (taxon ). Belongs to.

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Email required Address never made public. Whatever the reason, this was a very successful species and was around for almost 2million years.

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Instead fertile grasslands spread from the south coast to mainland Europe. With not a lot of fossils to assess and compare, it is difficult for us to determine.

There were extreme climatic changes throughout most of the Pleistocene and the European Hippo appears to have become extinct at the same time of many of the other mega-herbivores. To find out more about the other hippopotamus that lived in Britain, click here. This page was last edited on 14 Decemberat The Eruopean Hippo would be a delight to see today.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. There is not a lot of information is out about this species; if it is a separate species. We are unsure as to the main reason for it extinction; possible changes in environment, or a fall in temperatures. Along with giant Straight Tusked elephants Palaeoloxodon antiquusan extinct type of rhinoceros Stephanorhinus sp.


Notify me of new comments via email. There is an odd, possible synonym to our big hippo; Hippopotamus major. The Cretan Dwarf Hippopotamus H. A truly gorgeous fossil skeleton of Hippopotamus antiquus at Florence Palaeontology Museum Image from here.

It would be anotheryears before a hippopotamus were to waddle into Britain again. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. An extinct hippo, that was the largest river horse ever to have existed.

Antique water horses Posted on September 6, by twilightbeasts. You are commenting using your WordPress. This big beast is slightly younger than the still extant Hippopotamus amphibius whose fossils are found dating to around 2 million years ago. It may even be the same species as H.

Animals migrated freely back and forth up into Britain, and back down again antiquhs suit their needs. You are commenting using your Facebook account.

Perhaps Florentijn Hofman and his giant wooden hippo should begin touring through Europe, retracing the steps of this lost giant. Hippopotamus antiquus Temporal range: Retrieved from ” https: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.


Fossilworks: Hippopotamus antiquus

This prehistoric even-toed ungulate -related article is a stub. Similar in size and form to Hippopotamus gorgopsH.

You only live twice… on The pouched lion. This big hippo first appears in Britain during the early Middle Pleistocene, around hipopotamus, years ago until aroundyears ago.

Extinct hippopotamuses Pleistocene even-toed ungulates Prehistoric mammals of Europe Fossil taxa described in Prehistoric even-toed ungulate stubs. An enormous 64 foot long hippopotamus makes its way slowly down the River Anttiquus.

Along with a few minor differences in the teeth, the size tells the species apart from one another; H.

Fossils of the European Hippopotamus Hippopotamus antiquus first wntiquus in sediments 1. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Named after the site, Cromer in Norfolk, where lots of fossils from this time were found, the Cromerian is one of the more famous early Pleistocene times.

Island hopping hippos TwilightBeasts.