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Hyaenodon

Hyaenodon

Hyaenodon chasing after prey as seen in "Walking with Beasts"

Hyaenodon shared the plains with the Indricathere. They were the top predators of the time. At four times the size of modern hyenas, they stood at 1,4 meters at the shoulder and weighed up to 230 kilograms. They were of the now extinct order Creodonta. Their skulls suggest that they had an acute sense of smell, but a rather small brain. Their jaws were strong enough to crush bones and they probably actively hunted as well as scavenged. The fact that they were not as fast as modern day carnivores and had teeth specialized for exclusively eating meat might have led to their being replaced by mammals of the order Carnivora. Fossils have been found in Asia (including Mongolia), North America, Europe and Africa. (18, 19)