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Baluchitherium

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Baluchitherium
Conservation status: Fossil
Baluchitherium
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Perissodactyla
Family:Rhinocerotidae
Genus:Baluchitherium
Species:grangeri
Binomial name
Baluchitherium grangeri

Baluchitherium (also called Indricotherium; full name: Baluchitherium grangeri) was a gigantic hornless rhinoceros. It lived in Asia during the late Oligocene and early Miocene epoch of the Tertiary Period, 20-30 million years ago and went extinct 10 million years ago. Its name means 'The Beast from Baluchistan.'

Baluchitherium is believed to have been the largest land mammal ever to have lived. It stood 5.5 m (18 ft) high at the shoulders and was 9 m (30 ft) long. Its skull was about 2 m/6.6 ft in length, its limbs were long and massive, and it weighed about 20 tons. It was a herbivore that stripped leaves from trees with its down-pointing tusklike upper teeth that occluded forward-pointing lower teeth.

Fossilized bones of baluchitherium have been found in central Asia. They may have been limited to Asia, for their fossils have not been found elsewhere.

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