|“||These are really big animals. I'm pretty sure these are Toxodon.||„|
Toxodon ("Bow Tooth") was a large hippo-like mammal from South American that lived more than 1 million years ago in the Late Pliocene and Pleistocene epochs about 2.6 million to 16,500 years ago. It was indigenous to South America, and was probably the most common large-hoofed mammal in South America at the time of its existence.
Toxodon lived in South America during the Early Pleistocene over 1 million years ago. They died out before the end of the Ice Age.
Toxodon were large hippo-like creatures of Prehistoric South America that weighed all two tons, making them among the biggest animal in South America during the Pleistocene. Charles Darwin found their fossils when he jounreyed to South America in the 1800's. Rather than finding the full skeletons, he just found their skulks instead. And in his words in his journal, he said:
|“||The Toxodon, perhaps one of the strangest animals ever discovered. Judging from the position of its eyes, ears, and nostrils, it was probably aquatic like the Dugong and Manatee.||„|
| — Charles Darwin|
in in his journal
But these creatures were so superb, they were so much more like of hippopotamuses, the way the wallowed. Despite their heavy size, Toxodon wee strangely fast animals for their size, fast enough to keep pace with a Safari Jeep, at least for a short time.
Toxodon also lived in large herds and were also be dangerous like hippos, which are the most dangerous animals in africa. Toxodon also needed to wallow in the heat of the day, just like hippos.