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New bovids from the Pliocene of Ethiopia

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


    What about Illingoceros alexandrae? Not all that closely related but a similar style of animal nonetheless.
    http://www.thewildlifemuseum.org/docs/Annies_Pronghorn.pdf


  • 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!

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    Run lil' dude! :eek:


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


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

    i-b8f10f1c5a5ce535f995518485571078-Ramoceros_osborni_full_skeleton_wikipedia_July-2010.jpg

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

    i-b5db1aa4524af1af9a54c83a0bdcbd7c-Merriamoceros_Heffelfinger-et-al-2004_July-2010.jpg

    Or Hexameryx:

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    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:

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  • 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:

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    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.

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    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:

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    And Cervalces, the "moose-stag":


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  • 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.

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


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