16 sep. 2020
Honanotherium is a genus of extinct giraffe from the Miocene epoch of Asia. It mostly resembled a modern day giraffe, but it had a shorter neck and had two huge ossicones on top of its head. The genus has a large geographic distribution and several skulls have been found with different forms of ossicones. It is unclear whether these are growth stages or different species. Honanotherium probably fed on low-lying trees and higher bushes.
The genus of Honanotherium contains two species of which H. schlosseri is known from the Miocene epoch of China. It could grow up to 2.8 meters at the shoulders and weighted about 800 kg. The top of its head would probably about 4 meters above the ground.
Solounias, N., & Danowitz, M. (2016). The Giraffidae of Maragheh and the identification of a new species of Honanotherium. Palaeobiodiversity and Palaeoenvironments, 96(3), 489-506.