Amphicyonidae.png

Deinotheriidae

Deinotheres

1

Number of resurrected species:

Family

Order

Class

Deinotheriidae

Proboscidea

Mammalia

North America, Eurasia & Africa.png
Middle Eocene - Middle Pliocene.png

Description

The Deinotheres are elephant-like proboscideans and therefore closely related to modern day elephants. Their most distinctive feature were their downward-curving tusks on their lower jaws, which they probably used to strip bark from trees or shear other types of vegetation. They could grow to enormous sizes, becoming the largest land mammals of their time. Deinotheres probably lived in herds in woodlands and savannas.

Distribution & Fossil evidence

Deinotheres evolved in Africa during the Oligocene and migrated to Eurasia during the Miocene. The last surviving species went extinct in Africa during the Lower Pleistocene.

Species

Several species of Deinothere are known to science, but they haven't changed much during their existence.