This is Andrewsarchus, a huge carnivore as tall as a horse and weighing close to a ton.
— Allen

Andrewsarchus ("Andrews' Beast") was a huge, carnivorous mammal. It stood as tall as that of a horse, was longer than a car, and weighed close to a ton.

Despite looking like a kind of dog or wolf, was not related to any canine today, but was more closely related to hoofed animals, such as sheep and goats.



Andrewsarchus lived during the Late Eocene, from 40 to 35 million years ago. Though Basilosaurus ruled the Eocene seas, Andrewsarchus was the top predator on land.


Andrewsarchus was a large carnivorous mammal that stood as tall as a horse, measured 6 meters in length, and weighed close to a ton, making them arguably one of the largest mammalian carnivores ever to walk Planet Earth.

Despite their appearance, Andrewsarchus were not related to modern scavengers like dogs, wolves, or Hyenas. Bizarrely, they had hooves on their feet instead of claws. In fact, their nearest modern relatives are hoofed animals like sheep and goats.

They were, in a sense, sheep in wolfs clothing. Their huge one–meter–long jaws are designed to crush anything, such as a Sea Turtle.