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The giant elephant-like Deinotherium.

Walking with Cavemen: Blood Brothers

Deinotherium was a large proboscidean that lived from the Miocene to Pleistocene. It was a far larger and more aggressive relative of the modern elephant.

FactsEdit

Physical appearance and biologyEdit

Deinotherium was a large proboscidean mammal. It had the basic body plan of a modern elephant except on a larger scale.

Unlike modern elephants, the tusks of Deinotherium were curved and pointed downwards. They also protruded from the tip of the lower jaw rather than the skull.

Deinotherium also had a smaller trunk than most of its ancestors and relatives. Its ears were small, like a modern Asian Elephant's.

Behaviour and traitsEdit

Deinotherium was a large mammal. It was the second largest land mammal ever to exist, only succeeded by Indricotherium. Due to this immense size and bulk, Deinotherium was the largest animal in its ecosystem.

Deinotherium, like its relatives, possessed a pair of tusks. However, these tusks were positioned on its lower jaw and were curved, facing downwards. This bizarre design was especially useful when it came to stripping bark off of tree trunks.

Like modern elephants, male Deinotherium would undergo musth when ready to mate. During these sessions, they would become extremely aggressive and would attack anything. The females and the juvenlies also shows some degree of aggression unlike modern elephants, by just chasing other animals off.

In Walking with BeastsEdit

Next of KinEdit

An adult Deinotherium was grazing near a pair of Ancylotherium.

Whilst a pair of Australopithecus and Ancylotherium were drinking from a water hole, a small herd of Deinotherium came past and an adolescent chased off the hominids.

When an Australopithecus clan were searching for a new place to live, they accidentally caught the attention of a male Deinotherium in musth. It chased the Australopithecus group up a tree. Unfortunately, a child of Babble's was left behind and was screeching. Babble tried to reach her child but she herself was chased by the angry Deinotherium. The constant screams by Babble's child attracted the attention of the proboscidean and he attacked the juvenile (although it was revealed to have survived the attack). The herbivore then left.

In Walking with CavemenEdit

First AncestorsEdit

Deinotherium appeared briefly. The episode used stock footage from Walking with Beasts.

Blood BrothersEdit

Deinotherium appeared briefly as one of the many creatures that lived in the same environment as Australopithecus. The episode used stock footage from Walking with Beasts.

Behind the scenesEdit

List of appearancesEdit

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