Chalicotherium (name meaning "Pebble Beast") is a genus of large prehistoric chalicothereiidae mammal that originated during the Oligocene to Early Pliocene. Around 3 meters tall and distantly related to modern horses, tapirs and rhinoceroses, they were also a branch of their own. These were the typical species that is most well understood.
Era & DiscoveryEdit
Chalicotherium lived during the Late Oligocene period over 25 million years ago. It lived alongside Indricotherium, the Entelodon, and the Cynodictis, but was preyed upon by the Hyaenodon. Chalicotherium died out around 5 million years ago at the beginning of the Pleistocene and were first discovered in 1873.
Behavior & Traits Edit
Much like gorilla's, Chalicotheres walked on their knuckles to protect their long claws. These powerful limbs were very effective defensive weapons, but more often these herbivores used them to hook down branches to get at the softest leaves. Though Chalicotheres walked like gorillas and ate like pandas, but their closest modern relatives were actually horses, even though they are still distant relatives.