Clawed animals lived in the hammer mill

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Clawed animals such as the Chalicotheriinae (left) and the Schizotheriinae (righ
Clawed animals such as the Chalicotheriinae (left) and the Schizotheriinae (right) also lived in southern Germany 11.5 million years ago. They were related to today’s rhinoceroses, horses and tapirs and became extinct around two million years ago.

From today’s perspective, they look like a cross between a horse and a gorilla: clawed animals (Chalicotheriidae) had a massive body and a horse-like head; their arms were much longer than their legs and equipped with claws. They belonged to the group of odd-toed ungulates and are thus related to modern rhinoceroses, horses and tapirs. They finally died out around two million years ago.

Finds from the Hammerschmiede excavation site in the Allgäu region show that they also lived in what is now southern Germany 11.5 million years ago. ...

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