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New bovids from the Pliocene of Ethiopia



  • Registered Users Posts: 30,746 ✭✭✭✭Galvasean

    What about Illingoceros alexandrae? Not all that closely related but a similar style of animal nonetheless.

  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 5,279 Mod ✭✭✭✭Adam Khor

    Awesome :D

  • Registered Users Posts: 30,746 ✭✭✭✭Galvasean

    I also like Ramoceros because of its cool name!


    Run lil' dude! :eek:

  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 5,279 Mod ✭✭✭✭Adam Khor

    Weird thing, Ramocerus. It gave a damn about symmetry...


    If we talk about prehistoric pronghorns there's plenty of bizarre ones, like Merriamoceros:


    Or Hexameryx:


    But I was thinking more of Old World, true antelopes/bovids, since they are even less known than fossil pronghorns...

    Oh, what the hell, let's post them all XD

    Oh and let's not forget cervids:


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,551 ✭✭✭Rubecula

    Megaloceros giganteus?

    OK OK it isn't an antelope, but deer are filling the same niche in a more temperate climate, and they do have a common ancestor somewhere in the dim and distant past.

    By the way there is a great example of Megaloceros giganteus in the museum in Liverpool, a fossil that has had me fascinated since I was a little kid. Deer have no right to be that big or fearsome. :)

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  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 5,279 Mod ✭✭✭✭Adam Khor

    Tell that to modern day moose:


    Yeah all right, it doesn´t look fearsome here, but I hear they can be extremely dangerous sometimes even without any apparent provocation.

    I agree tho that Megaloceros is difficult to top.


    Other crazy prehistoric cervids (around the same size as Megaloceros) would be Eucladoceros ("bush-antlered deer") like the one in my previous post, as well as Libralces:



    And Cervalces, the "moose-stag":


  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 5,279 Mod ✭✭✭✭Adam Khor

    Doing some more research I've found some pretty bizarre ungulates- not all of them bovids- from prehistoric Africa.

    There was seemingly a gigantic sable antelope, Hippotragus gigas, but I didn´t find much on it. There was also of course Pelorovis, and another giant ox called Bularchus arok, which is described as having horns spanning like a "two lane highway" with "the rest of the animal proportioned accordingly". There was also a "bull sized" oryx with very long horns.

    But what caught my eye most was the so called Afrochoerus, a kind of pig, with tusks that were initially mistaken for those of an elephant (!). The tusks are very bizarre but there seems to be controversy over their orientation.



    If anyone has pics of Bularchus arok or more info on it or the other critters plz post :D