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Moeritherium

Moeritherium

Moeritherium as reconstructed for "Walking with Beasts"

Moeritherium was a late Eocene mammal related to the modern day elephant. It lacked a trunk, had short legs and had a hippo-like lifestyle well adapted to swimming and feeding in swampy, mangrove-lined waterways. Its teeth suggest that it ate soft water vegetation. They were about 1,2 meters high, two meters long and weighed some 225 kilograms. Fossils have been found in Fayum (Egypt) as well as North and West Africa. (14)