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Any of various extinct land mammals of the genus Indricotherium of the Oligocene and Miocene Epochs, characterized by a long neck and very large size, possibly having weighed up to 15,750 kilograms (35,000 pounds).

[New Latin Indricothērium, genus name : Russian indrik, fabulous beast in Russian folklore (probably from alteration of Old Russian inŭrogŭ, unicorn : inŭ, one; see oi-no- in Indo-European roots + rogŭ, horn) + Greek thērion, wild beast; see treacle.]


Plural indricotheria
A very large, extinct land mammal of the Oligocene and Miocene Epochs, related to the rhinoceros. It stood 18 feet (5.5 meters) high at the shoulder and weighed 4 times as much as an elephant. The indricotherium is thought to have been the largest land mammal ever.
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They included giants such as Indricotherium, a hornless rhinoceros relative from Eurasia that stood 18ft high and would have dwarfed an African elephant.
Highlights include taxidermy specimens--from the egg-laying platypus to the recently extinct Tasmanian wolf (also known as Tasmanian tiger)--and fleshed-out models of extinct forms, such as Ambulocetus, a "walking whale." There is an entire skeleton of the giant hoofed plant-eater Uintatberium, with its dagger-like teeth and multiple horns; the skeleton model of Puijila darwini, a newly discovered extinct "walking seal," from the High Arctic, with webbed feet instead of flippers; a life-size model of Indricotherium, the largest land mammal that ever lived; one of the oldest fossilized bats ever found; and an impressive diorama featuring the once warm and humid swamps and forests of Ellesmere Island, located in the High Arctic, about 50,000,000 years ago.
Indricotherium, the largest land mammal that ever lived, weighed as much as five elephants and was able to nibble leaves three stories aboveground.