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European hippopotamus

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European hippopotamus (†Hippopotamus antiquus (Desmarest 1822))
 
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Hippopotamidae
Time period: during the Early Pleistocene-Middle Pleistocene (Europe)
Size: 4.3 cm in length, 165-175 cm in height, 1800-4000 kg of weight
 
 
Hippopotamus antiquus was a species of hippopotamus that ranged across Europe, becoming extinct some time before the last glacial period at the end of the Pleistocene epoch. Some scholars classify it as Hippopotamus amphibius antiquus, a subspecies of the modern common hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius).
European hippopotamus ranged from the Iberian Peninsula to the British Isles to the Rhine River to Greece.
At an average weight of 3200 kg, European hippopotamus was larger than the modern common hippopotamus, but smaller than Hippopotamus major and Hippopotamus gorgops. H. antiquus is believed to have first appeared around 1.8 million years ago, compared to 2 million years ago for H. amphibius. Beginning in the Middle Pleistocene, H. amphibius migrated into Europe and may have competed with H. antiquus for food and water sources. 
 
 
 
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