Temporal range: late Eocene
|Anoplotherium commune skull|
†A. latipes Gervais, 1852
This animal probably weighed about 80 kg, a weight comparable to that of the living llama.
A 2006 anatomical study on specimens from Montmarte, and a near intact skeleton of an immature individual from the Bouldnor Formation of the Isle Of Wight, UK, found that the morphology and functionality of Anoplotherium suggests it was capable of bipedal browsing, using its muscular tail for support. Anoplotherium would have been able to browse 2-3m off the ground, greatly reducing interspecific competition with other mammalian herbivores.
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- [Bipedal browsing adaptions of the unusual Late Eocene-earliest Oligocene tylopod Anoplotherium (Artiodactyla, Mammalia), J.J Hooker, Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 2007, 151, 609-659.]
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