|“||A giant Entelodont, the bully of the plains. These are distant relatives of the pig--two meters tall, aggressive, and built like tanks, but with a brain no bigger than an orange.||„|
|— Allen, describing Entelodont|
Entelodon (name meaning "Perfect Tooth"), also known as "The Hogs from Hell", is a genus of monstrous, prehistoric entelodont artiodactyl (an extinct family of pig-like omnivorous animals relatived to modern boars and pigs) that originated during the Oligocene in what is now Eurasia and North America. Despite being an omnivores creature, it killed more often than foraged.
Era & DiscoveryEdit
Entelodon lived during the Middle Eocene to Early Miocene, from over 44 to 18 million years ago. Enteledons were arguably the earliest ancestors of modern day pigs, wort hogs, and wild boars, hence their nickname "The Hogs from Hell." It shared its environment with animals like Hyaenodon, Chalicotherium, Cynodictis, and the giant Indricotherium. Enteledon was first discovered in 1846 by Auguste Aymard.
Enteledons were large creatures, standing about 6 feet (2 m) tall, measuring 10 feet (3 m) in length, weighing at least 1 ton, and were tank-like built mammals with bulky bodies, but short, slender legs, and long muzzles. However, their brain was not much bigger than an orange.
Behavior & TraitsEdit
Known for being "Bully of the Plains" of their time, Enteledons were also rather aggressive creatures. Interestingly, despite their intimidating appearance, Enteledon weren't exactly carnivores, but were actually scavengers and omnivores as well, eating plants and animals alike.
Enteledons also traveled in small numbers, in gang-like formations that harass other carnivores away from kills. For example, if a Hyaenodon made a kill, three Enteledons would be enough to drive off the Hyaenodon. Despite this, younger and smaller Enteledonts were often hunted themselves by Hyaenodon.
During mating season, Enteledon, especially the males, got very aggressive towards each other, as they tried to establish who was top hog, fighting over females and territory. Entelodons were their own worst enemy; which is evidenced by horrific tooth inflicted bite marks on the skulls of various individual Enteledons. And their fights were enough to put of even a fully grown, adult Indricotherium.