It’s a big deal anytime researchers discover the remains of an unknown prehistoric species. But a recent find is a really big deal. As in the largest land mammal to ever walk the earth big. The newly found
A recent paper in
It would tower over the current largest land mammal in the world, an African bush elephant. They measure in at 13 feet tall and 24 feet in length. We would not do well in a fight with an African bush elephant. But at “only” 11 tons, they wouldn’t even be allowed to box a
Scientists believe the animals roamed the areas we know as Pakistan and Mongolia during the Oligocene period, which was roughly 23 to 34 million years ago. The discovery might also tell us more about the lands they roamed, which might looked very different. The giant rhinos might have migrated through “some low-altitude areas in the hinterland of Tibet, demonstrating that the Tibetan region was not yet an elevated plateau as it is today, without height great enough to obstruct the dispersal of large mammals like the giant rhino.”
But being the biggest kid on the block didn’t save
It’s cool being the largest land mammal ever. But the biggest downside to being so large is apparently you need to eat a whole lot of food to survive.