|“||A strange beast called Chalicotherium.||„|
|— Allen, about Chalicotherium|
Era & DiscoveryEdit
Chalicotherium lived during the Late Oligocene period over 25 million years ago. It lived alongside Paraceratherium, the Entelodon, and the Cynodictis, but was preyed upon by the Hyaenodon. Chalicotherium died out around 5 million years ago at the beginning of the Pleistocene and were first discovered in 1873.
On average, the males measured 10 feet (3 m) in height whereas the females measured 8.6 (2.6 m) tall, and both weighed over 700 kilograms. Chalicotherium were built like modern apes, with powerful forelimbs that were much longer than their hind legs and ended in hook-like claws that were very effective defensive weapons, but they more often used to pull down branches to get at the softest leaves.
Behavior & Traits Edit
Much like gorilla's, Chalicotheres walked on their knuckles to protect their long claws. These powerful limbs were very effective defensive weapons, but more often these herbivores used them to hook down branches to get at the softest leaves. Though Chalicotheres walked like gorillas and ate like pandas, but their closest modern relatives were actually horses, even though they are still distant relatives.
- The sound effects of the Chalicotherium are that of horses as well as some panda, elk, and moose sounds.