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Indricothere

Indricothere

Indricothere as they were portrayed in "Walking with Beasts"

Indricothere were 12-15 ton giants, as large as a house that had adapted to the then lush lowland vegetation of what is now Mongolia. Males could grow as tall as seven meters. They were herbivorous, browsing the leaves of deciduous trees, where no other animal could reach. It is thought that females carried their unborn young for two years and cared for them for another three years. They were solitary animals and could reach an age of up to 80 years. Their size meant that adult Indricotheres had no enemies, but the cooling of the climate that had started by the end of the Oligocene along with the ever drier environments would lead to their demise. Fossils of several species have been found in Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Pakistan and western and northern China. (17)