“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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This was the biggest species of hippo to evolve, and was a very successful animal throughout Europe. Whatever the reason, this was a very successful species and was around for almost 2million years. Similar in size and form to Hippopotamus gorgopsH.

Hippopotamus antiquus in Florence Palaeontology museum. A truly gorgeous fossil skeleton of Hippopotamus antiquus at Florence Palaeontology Museum Image from here. You only live twice… on Squishy Bear Face. It is a slight irony, that this, the biggest species of hippo spawned the smallest species: 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.

It would be anotheryears before a hippopotamus were to waddle into Britain again.

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Fossils of the European Hippopotamus Hippopotamus antiquus first appear in sediments 1. Hippopotamus antiquus Temporal range: Equally, it may have been through sexual selection: This page was last edited on 14 Decemberat It may even be the same species as H. You are commenting using your Facebook account. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. Notify me of new comments via email. It is unsure why this species grew bigger than the hippos you see today. Animals migrated freely back and forth up into Britain, and back down again to suit their needs.


There is an odd, possible synonym to our big hippo; Hippopotamus major.

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An enormous 64 foot long hippopotamus makes its way slowly down the River Thames. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. You only live twice… on The pouched lion. You are commenting using your Twitter account. Males will fight for territory. It may be that the European Hippo had antiqujs male bulls which spread through the population.

Webarchive template wayback links Articles with ‘species’ microformats All stub articles. This was mainly a warm interglacial time although as typical of the Pleistocene, it was not many years of warmth; the climate dipped and peaked as glaciers melted and grew.

The Cretan Dwarf Hippopotamus H. This big hippo first appears in Britain during the early Middle Pleistocene, aroundyears ago hippopotajus aroundyears ago.

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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. With extreme cold glacial times following the Cromerian, the European Hippopotamus moved out of Britain, never to return.

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 Hippopootamus times. Retrieved from ” https: Along with a few minor differences in the teeth, the size tells the species apart from one another; H.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Island hopping hippos TwilightBeasts. Hippopotamus antiquussometimes called the European hippopotamuswas a ihppopotamus of hippopotamus that ranged across Europebecoming extinct some time before the last ice age at the end of the Pleistocene epoch.

With more resources around to support animals they can get bigger. Hippopotamus antiquus survived in Hhippopotamus for many years, happily living in Italy, Greece, and Germany.

Netherlands Journal of Geosciences. There was another species of hippo that once lived in Britain, and Europe. The English Channel was non-existent. Hippopotamus georgicus Hippopotamus major? To find out more about the other hippopotamus that lived in Britain, click here. There is not a lot of information is out about this species; if it is a separate species.

Instead fertile grasslands spread from the south coast to mainland Europe. Perhaps Florentijn Hofman and his giant wooden hippo should begin touring through Europe, retracing the steps of this lost giant.

With not a lot of fossils to assess and compare, it is difficult for us to determine. Email required Address never made public. The Eruopean Hippo would be a delight to see today. Extinct hippopotamuses Pleistocene even-toed ungulates Prehistoric mammals of Europe Fossil taxa described in Prehistoric even-toed ungulate stubs.