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Palaeotherium Palaeotherium Sculpture

How to pronounce it's name:

pay-lee-o-thyr-ree-um

Definition of name:

"ancient beast"

Lived when:

Tertiary period (about 50 million years ago).

Type of food eaten:

Herbivore (vegetation).

Fossils found where:

The famous palaeontologist, Georges Cuvier, first discovered some of their fossils in Paris, France, in the early 19th century. It has also been found in northen North America.

Model facts:

They were given the appearance of a tapir-like creatrure but it is thought today that they are actually linked to the horse family. The Anoplotherium and Palaeotherium models are now back on their original site where the old zoo was situated. When the zoo was built, these models were moved to an area where they subsequently became damaged and then removed from display

Anaplotherium | Ichtheosaurus | Iguanodon | Megalosaurus | Megalocerus | Megatherium | Mosasurus | Paleotherium | Plesiosaurus | Pterodactylus | Teleosaurus