|“||This is Andrewsarchus, a huge carnivore as tall as a horse and weighing close to a ton.||„|
Andrewsarchus (name meaning "Andrews' Beast") is a genus of Triisodontidae that originated during the Middle Eocene epoch in what is now Africa and Asia. Standing as tall as a horse, measuring 6 meters long, and weighing close to a ton, this predatory mammal was more closely related to hoofed animals, such as goats and sheep, despite looking like a kind of dog or wolf. Therefore, it was not related to any canine today.
A pair of Andrewsarchus was encountered by the Team in the episode "Big Blue Killer Whale" and brought back to the park from prehistoric Africa of 36 million years ago.
Era & DiscoveryEdit
Andrewsarchus lived in Mongolia and Africa during the Late Eocene, from 48–35 million years ago. Though Basilosaurus ruled the Eocene seas, Andrewsarchus was the apex predator on land. Roy Chapman Andrews discovered Andrewsarchus in the 1920s in Mongolia and it got named after himself.
Andrewsarchus was a large carnivorous mammal. Standing around 8 feet tall (as tall as a horse), measuring 18–20 feet (5.5–6 m) in length, and weighed 1 ton (2,000 lbs.), Andrewsarchus was arguably the second-largest mammalian carnivore to ever walk the Earth, next to Arctotherium.
Despite their appearance, Andrewsarchus was not related to modern scavengers, such as dogs, wolves, or even hyenas. Strangely, they possessed hooves on their feet as opposed to claws. In fact, their nearest modern relatives are hoofed animals like sheep and goats. They were, in a sense, sheep in wolf's clothing. Their huge one–meter–long jaws are designed to crush anything, such as a Sea Turtle.
Behavior & TraitsEdit
Andrewsarchus normally hunted for prey inland, where they were more used to picking off carcasses of giant dead herbivores, such as Embolotherium. However, droughts during the Eocene would drive them to search for food among beaches.
- Andrewsarchus' scientific name is the same as that of Velociraptor. They both share the scientific name "mongoliensis".
- The sound effects of Andrewsarchus are a mix of bull, large cat, hyena, walrus, and wolf sound effects.
- Andrewsarchus is the second-largest mammalian predator to be brought back to the park, after Arctotherium.