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Andrewsarchus (name meaning "Andrews' Beast") is a genus of huge, carnivorous mammal that originated during the Late Eocene period. 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.
Era & DiscoveryEdit
Andrewsarchus lived in Mongolia and Africa during the Late Eocene, from 40–35 million years ago. Though Basilosaurus ruled the Eocene seas, Andrewsarchus was the top predator on land. Roy Chapman Andrews discovered Andrewsarchus in the 1920's in Mongolia and it got named after himself.
Andrewsarchus was a large carnivorous mammal. Standing around 8 feet tall (as tall as a horse), measuring 18–20 feet (5.5–6 m) in length, and weighed close to a ton, Andrewsarchus was arguably one of the largest, if not the largest, mammalian carnivores to ever walk the 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.