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Re: SJMercuryNews:biggest and smallest fossil mammals
At 12:39 PM 5/10/99 PDT, Kevin Hedgpeth wrote:
>Sorry to be slightly off the subject of dinosaurs, but wasn't
>_Baluchitherium_ already occupying the niche of "Largest Known Land Mammal"?
> Does this new find simply confirm that idea by virtue of more complete
"Baluchitherium" is traditionally considered the "largest known land mammal"
(although some of the big mammoths may rival or exceed it!). The proper
name for this animal, however, is _Paraceratherium_. There are questions
going on on the vertebrate paleo professional listserve as to what is
actually meant by this translation. It *MIGHT* be the biggest individual of
_Paraceratherium_, but we don't have any real measurements to base it on:
only estimates of shoulder height and mass. It *might* be the most complete
specimen ever. Very hard to say from the material presented by the report.
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Vertebrate Paleontologist Webpage: http://www.geol.umd.edu
Dept. of Geology Email:email@example.com
University of Maryland Phone:301-405-4084
College Park, MD 20742 Fax: 301-314-9661