17 jan. 2021
Bothriodon is a genus of primitive ungulate and belonged to the family of Anthracotheriidae. It lived during the Eocene epoch in most parts of the Northern Hemisphere. In life, it would have resembled a hippopotamus-like animal with a narrow skull and pig-like features. Bothriodon probably inhabited aquatic habitats, like swamps and near rivers and lakes. It probably fed on roots and aquatic vegetation.
Bothriodon velaunus is the type species of its genus and fossils have been found in France. It could grow up to 1.5 meters in length and weighted about 200 kg. The genus evolved in Eurasia and migrated to North America by using the Bering land bridge.
Von Meyer, 1832
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