Scientists Discover Fossil of Prehistoric Giant Rhino Believed to Have Been as Big as Six Elephants

A team of paleontologists working in China discovered a new species of a prehistoric giant rhino believed to have been the largest mammal to have ever lived on land.

Paleontologists discovered the fossils in the Linxia basin of Gansu Province. The hornless giant rhino is known as the Paraceratherium linxiaense, or Linxia Giant Rhino, according to the study published in Communications Biology on June 17.

The giant rhino is estimated to have weighed 24 tons and was approximately the size of six elephants, according to Deng Tao, the leader of the Chinese and U.S. team. With a 26-foot-long body, the animal’s head hung about 23 feet above the ground.

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SOURCE: The Hill, Jenna Romaine

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