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Temporal range: Pliocene - early Holocene, 5–0.0055 Ma
Megalotragus kattwinkeli.JPG
Megalotragus kattwinkeli skull
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Bovidae
Subfamily: Alcelaphinae
Tribe: Alcelaphini
Genus: Megalotragus
van Hoepen, 1932
  • M. kattwinkeli (type)
  • M. priscus Broom, 1909
  • M. issaci

Megalotragus was a genus of very large extinct African alcelaphines that occurred from the Pliocene to early Holocene.[1][2] It resembled modern hartebeests, but differed in larger body size, it includes the largest bovids in the tribe Alcelaphini, reaching a shoulder height of 1.4 m (4.6 ft). The genus consists of three species of which Megalotragus priscus survived until the early Holocene 7.500 C14yBP.[2]

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  1. ^ Turvey, S.T. (2009). Holocene mammal extinctions. In: Turvey, S.T. (editor) (2009). Holocene extinctions. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK.
  2. ^ a b Thackeray, John Francis. (2015). Faunal Remains from Holocene Deposits, Excavation 1, Wonderwerk Cave, South Africa. African Archaeological Review.