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Astrapothericulus by Zimices Astrapothericulus by Zimices
Astrapothericulus iheringi is the closest relative of the well-known Astrapotherium that lived in the Early Miocene in Argentina. Its name, that means "little lighting beast" reflects its relatively smaller size (956 kg vs. 1-1.5 tonnes in Astrapotherium magnum). The skull is based in the specimen MPEF PV 1280, a incomplete and distorted skull, which however shows a larger nasal bones that contacts with the maxilla, contrarily to the condition seen in Astrapotherium; the mandible is from the specimen MACN A 52-605, a juvenile which is smaller than what is show here, and finally the lower canine is based in MACN A 52-410, a isolated tooth.

References:
- Kramarz, A. G. (2009). Adiciones al conocimiento de Astrapothericulus (Mammalia, Astrapotheria): anatomía cráneo-dentaria, diversidad y distribución. Revista Brasileira de Paleontologia, 12(1), 55-66.
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Ursumeles Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2017
That's a big "little" lightning beast.
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Zimices Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist
Yep, just little compared with the giansts of its family. :)
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ucumari Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2017

Muy buena la reconstrucción,  es notable el hecho de que el cráneo  es muy tipo elefante, incluso en este individuo pequeño  respecto a algunos de sus parientes, que interesante bestia debe haber sido

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Zimices Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2017  Hobbyist
Es curioso, me imagino que esa impresión es porque su cráneo es menos abovedado que otros astrapoterios.
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ucumari Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2017
en parte, aunque lo digo es por la posicion de los dientes incisivos en la mandibula inferior, esa criatura tenia la cabeza apuntada hacia abajo estilo elefante, no como los caballos y bovinos que apuntan hacia abajo solo cuando comen
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SpeculaTimsauru5 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2017  New Deviant
wat iz it?
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Zimices Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2017  Hobbyist
Is a member of a group called astrapotheres, basically large hoofed mammals that lived in South America between 58-11 million years ago; they were similar to tapirs, and probably had a long nose, but combined with large tusks and a long and heavy body. This is an image of the best known member, Astrapotherium: es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archivo:… The image here is the skull from a very similar member called Astrapothericulus.
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TheTobinator2145 Featured By Owner Edited Mar 16, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I originally said:
"A relative of tapirs."

What i would say now after having done some research on the subject is basically what Zimices said.
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Zimices Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2017  Hobbyist
Not really, astrapotheres had certain similarities with tapirs, but they were hoofed mammals that only lived in South America; tapirs are related with horses and rhinos, and their earliest relatives are found in Europe and North America.
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TheTobinator2145 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the info. I'll update the post.
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caspion161 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2017
it's actually not a relative of anything still living
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Zimices Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2017  Hobbyist
Sure? they were mammals, after all. :P
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caspion161 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2017
I find the astrapotheria a very odd order. it's one of the few with animals ranging in sizes between about 40 kilos to about 3 tonnes
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