Rhinoceros Giants: The Paleobiology of Indricotheres by: Donald R. Prothero

Rhinoceros Giants: The Paleobiology of Indricotheres - Donald R. Prothero

TITLE:  Rhinoceros Giants: The Paleobiology of Indricotheres


AUTHOR:  Donald R. Prothero






ISBN-13:  9780253008190 



"A book for everyone fascinated by the huge beasts that once roamed the earth, Rhinoceros Giants: The Paleobiology of the Indricotheres introduces a prime candidate for the largest land mammal that ever lived--the giant hornless rhinoceros, Indricotherium. These massive animals lived in Asia and Eurasia for more than 14 million years, about 37 to 23 million years ago. They had skulls 6 feet long, stood 22 feet high at the shoulder, and were nearly twice as heavy as the largest elephant ever recorded, tipping the scales at 44,100 pounds. Fortunately, the big brutes were vegetarians, although they must have made predators think twice before trying to bring them down. In this book for lovers of ancient creatures great and small, Donald R. Prothero tells their story, from their discovery by paleontologists just a century ago to the latest research on how they lived and died, with some interesting side trips along the way."




Interesting and thorough overview of ancient rhinoceroses, starting from the biographies of all the fossil hunters who dug up ancient rhino bones to rhino evolution, location, habitat, and speculation of their eventual demise. I found the 3 chapters dealing with the fossil hunter biography tedious, but the rhino portions of the book were interesting, if a bit bland. Sketches and an extensive bibliography are present.