big boy

16 Jan 2016

At ... the Pleistocene is famous for big versions of beasts we see around us in the modern world. Mammoths are large elephants with woolly vest and cave bears are larger versions of brown bears and so forth. There were giant sloths, larger types of bison and musk ox, and various theories have been advanced in to why this might be so. The latest big boy is a giraffe like animal - the biggest ruminant mammal ever.

The bones were found in India in the 1830s and have been simulated using computer 3D ghraphics. Its neck is actually shorter than a modern giraffe but it has a more sturdy and robust frame. The neck is thicker and looks strong and the legs are thick and broad quite unlike the modern version.