- Type: Deinothere
- Diet: Herbivore
- Size: Males 4m at the shoulder, females 3.5m
- Protection status: Extinct
|Latin name:||Deinotherium bozasi|
|Animal Type:||Mammal - deinothere family|
|Dietary Type:||Herbivorous - Browsed vegetation and stripped bark|
|Closest Living Relative:||Elephants|
|Size:||Males 4m at the shoulder, females 3.5m|
The deinotheres were the gigantic cousins of the elephants and flourished at the time of Australopithecus. Tusks in the elephant family varied in shape and size as they adapted for different purposes. Wear marks on the downward curved tusks of Deinotherium suggest that they were probably used for stripping tree bark.
The deinotheres are little known but gigantic cousins of the elephants that flourished at the time of the australopithecines. Their fossils are often found while searching for australopithecine remains. Tusks and teeth preserve particularly well, so relatives of the elephants are quite well known from fossils.
Unlike today there were once many members of the group with differently shaped tusks, each adapted for use in a different way. Deinotherium had downwards pointing tusks that seem to have been used for stripping tree bark.