“Species of hippo ranged across pre-historic Europe, including the giant Hippopotamus antiquus a huge animal which often weighed up to a. Fossils of the European Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus antiquus) first appear in sediments million years old, at the dawn of the Pleistocene. †Hippopotamus antiquus Desmarest (hippo). Osteichthyes – Theriiformes – Synonym: Hippopotamus tiberinus Mazza (taxon ). Belongs to.

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Category:Hippopotamus antiquus

This was mainly a warm interglacial time although as typical of the Pleistocene, it was not many years of warmth; the climate dipped and peaked as glaciers melted and grew. The Eruopean Hippo would be a delight to see today. Hippopotamus antiquus in Florence Palaeontology museum.

It is possible it hiopopotamus a sub-species like the Siberian Tiger is a sub species of tiger. You can help Hippopota,us by expanding it. Along with giant Straight Tusked elephants Palaeoloxodon antiquusan extinct type of rhinoceros Stephanorhinus sp.

Equally, it may have been through sexual selection: You are commenting using your Twitter account. We are unsure as to the main reason for it extinction; possible changes in environment, or a fall in temperatures.

Hippopotamus antiquus – Wikipedia

It would be anotheryears before a hippopotamus were to waddle into Britain again. Fossils of the European Hippopotamus Hippopotamus antiquus first appear in sediments 1. Beginning in the Middle PleistoceneH. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.


Email required Address never made public. To find out more about the other hippopotamus hippopotqmus lived in Britain, click here. With extreme cold glacial antiquud following the Cromerian, the European Hippopotamus moved out of Britain, never to return. The English Channel was non-existent. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. An extinct hippo, that was the largest river horse ever to have existed. There is an odd, possible synonym to our big hippo; Hippopotamus major.

Similar in size and form to Hippopotamus gorgopsH. You only live twice… on The pouched lion. There was another species of hippo that once lived in Britain, and Europe. Whatever the reason, this was a very successful species and was around for almost 2million years. This was the biggest species of hippo to antiquks, and was a very successful animal throughout Europe. Views Read Edit View history. Instead fertile grasslands spread from the south coast to mainland Europe.

Retrieved from ” https: But this oversized, flat bottomed piece of art is not in isolation. Animals migrated freely back and forth up into Britain, and back down again to suit hippo;otamus needs. These were the modern hippos which are still around today, Hippopotamus amphibius. Webarchive template wayback links Articles with ‘species’ microformats All stub articles. It is unsure why this species grew bigger than the hippos you see today.


This big beast is slightly younger than the still extant Hippopotamus amphibius whose fossils are found dating to around 2 million years ago. Hippopotamus antiquus survived in Europe for many years, happily living in Italy, Greece, and Germany.

Hippopotamus antiquussometimes called the European hippopotamuswas a antiqusu of hippopotamus that ranged across Europebecoming extinct some time before the last ice age at the end of the Pleistocene epoch. This big hippo first appears in Britain during the early Middle Pleistocene, aroundyears ago until aroundyears ago.

Part of the festival includes a talk by Madame Trowel Blazer herself, Victoria Herridgeabout the prehistoric Thames aantiquus the real hippopotamuses that lived there aroundyears ago. Hippopottamus me of new comments via email. A truly gorgeous fossil skeleton of Hippopotamus antiquus at Florence Palaeontology Museum Image from here.

In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Perhaps Florentijn Hofman and his giant wooden hippo should begin touring through Europe, retracing the steps of this lost giant.