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Hippopotamus antiquus

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Kingdom  Animalia
Class  Mammalia
Family  Hippopotamidae
Scientific name  Hippopotamus antiquus
Phylum  Chordata
Order  Artiodactyla
Genus  Hippopotamus
Rank  Species
Hippopotamus antiquus Hippopotamus Antiquus by SameerPrehistorica on DeviantArt
Similar  Hippopotamus gorgops, Hippopotamus pentlandi, Hippopotamus creutzburgi, Cyprus dwarf hippopotamus, Choeropsis madagascariensis

Hippopotamus antiquus, sometimes called the European Hippopotamus, was a species of hippopotamus that ranged across Europe, becoming extinct some time before the last ice age at the end of the Pleistocene epoch.

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Biology

H. antiquus ranged from the Iberian Peninsula to the British Isles to the Rhine River to Greece.

Hippopotamus antiquus Hippopotamus antiquus by sinammonite on DeviantArt

Similar in size and form to Hippopotamus gorgops, H. antiquus on average was larger than the modern common hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius). H. antiquus is believed to have first appeared around 1.8 million years ago, compared to 2 million years ago for H. amphibius. Beginning in the Middle Pleistocene, H. amphibius migrated into Europe and may have competed with this hippopotamus species for food.

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The Cretan Dwarf Hippopotamus (H. creutzburgi) is believed to have evolved from H. antiquus through the process of insular dwarfism on the island of Crete.

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Hippopotamus antiquus Hippopotamus antiquus European hippopotamus by LynusthePorcupine

References

Hippopotamus antiquus Wikipedia


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