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Museo Paleontologico Montevarchi verified

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Etruscan wolf
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Sabre - toothed tiger
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Etruscan bear
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Auvergne bear
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European hippopotamus
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Southern mammoth
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Late Pilocene Rhinoceros
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Urus
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Steppe bison
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Wild horse
Etruscan wolf
Sabre - toothed tiger
Etruscan bear
Auvergne bear
European hippopotamus
Southern mammoth
Late Pilocene Rhinoceros
Urus
Steppe bison
Wild horse

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Description

This big hippopotamus is a late representative of the fauna of the upper Villafranchian age, in the Upper Valdarno (2-1.5 million years ago circa), when the landscape was characterized by forests and savannas, following the drying up and the lowering of the temperatures at the beginning of the Pleistocene (2.6 million years ago circa). Like modern hippos, it was a big herbivore and semiaquatic, the males had particularly long canines used as a defence mechanism but also to combat for territory. Is possible that this species of hippopotamus lived until circa 126,000 years ago, the beginning of the Late Pleistocene, even though the last fossils of this specie date back to circa 500,000 years ago.

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