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Moeritheriidae

Moeritherium

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Family

Order

Class

Moeritheriidae

Proboscidea

Mammalia

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Description

Moeritherium is a distant relative to modern day elephants and lived during the Eocene and Oligocene of (mainly) Northern Africa. They resembled a small, elongated hippopotamus with pig and tapir-like features. They only stood 70 cm high at the shoulders and probably did not have a trunk. Instead, it is believed that it had a very muscular upper lip. Moeritherium lived in freshwater swamps and rivers were it fed on soft aquatic plants.

Distribution & Fossil evidence

Fossils of Moeritherium have been found in Northern Africa, like Egypt, Algeria and Mali. The family eventually went extinct during the Oligocene and didn't left any surviving ancestors.

Species

There are several species of Moeritherium that are currently known by science.