“Species of hippo ranged across pre-historic Europe, including the giant Hippopotamus antiquus a huge animal which often weighed up to a. Fossils of the European Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus antiquus) first appear in sediments million years old, at the dawn of the Pleistocene. †Hippopotamus antiquus Desmarest (hippo). Osteichthyes – Theriiformes – Synonym: Hippopotamus tiberinus Mazza (taxon ). Belongs to.

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There was another species of hippo that once lived in Britain, and Europe. An extinct hippo, that was the largest river horse ever to have existed.

Instead fertile grasslands spread from the south coast to mainland Europe. This page was last edited on 14 Decemberat It may be that the European Hippo had larger male bulls which spread through the population. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.

Whatever the reason, this was a very successful species and was around for almost 2million years. There is not a lot of information is out about this species; if it is a separate species. Antique water horses Posted on September 6, hippopotakus twilightbeasts. With not a lot of fossils to assess and compare, it is difficult for us to determine.

Hippopotamus antiquus survived in Europe for many years, happily hippopotamus in Italy, Greece, and Germany. It would be anotheryears before a hippopotamus were to waddle into Britain again. Hippopotamus huppopotamussometimes called the European hippopotamuswas a species of hippopotamus that ranged across Europebecoming extinct some time before the last ice age at the end of the Pleistocene epoch. You are commenting using your Facebook account.

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Fossils of the European Hippopotamus Hippopotamus antiquus first appear in sediments 1. To find out more about the other hippopotamus that lived in Britain, click here. You only live twice… on Squishy Bear Face. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: This big beast is slightly younger than antiquud still extant Hippopotamus amphibius hippopitamus fossils are found dating to around 2 million years ago.

Extinct hippopotamuses Pleistocene even-toed ungulates Prehistoric mammals of Europe Fossil taxa described in Prehistoric even-toed ungulate stubs. A truly gorgeous fossil skeleton of Hippopotamus antiquus at Florence Palaeontology Museum Image from here.

This big hippo first appears in Britain during the early Middle Pleistocene, aroundyears ago until aroundyears ago. Hippopotamus antiquus in Florence Palaeontology museum. You are commenting using your WordPress. There is an odd, possible synonym to our big hippo; Hippopotamus major. The Eruopean Hippo would be a delight to see today.

Netherlands Journal of Geosciences. Note on the taxonomy of Pleistocene hippopotamuses. Part of the festival includes a talk by Madame Trowel Blazer herself, Victoria Herridgeabout the prehistoric Thames and the real hippopotamuses that lived there antiwuusyears ago. Equally, it may have been through sexual selection: An aniquus 64 foot long hippopotamus makes its way slowly down the River Thames.


In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Named after the site, Cromer in Norfolk, where lots of fossils from this time were found, the Cromerian is one of the more famous early Pleistocene times.

With more resources around to support animals they can get bigger. Views Read Edit View history. Perhaps Florentijn Hofman and his giant wooden hippo should begin touring through Europe, retracing the steps of this lost giant. Hippopotamus georgicus Hippopotamus major? Webarchive template wayback links Articles atniquus ‘species’ microformats All stub articles. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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But this oversized, flat bottomed piece of art is not in antiquua. The English Channel was non-existent. There were extreme climatic changes throughout most of the Pleistocene and the European Hippo appears to have become extinct at the same time of many of the other mega-herbivores. This was the biggest species of hippo to evolve, and was a very successful animal throughout Europe.