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Prehistoric Mammals Theme Unit
Extinct Mammals: The "Terrible Pig" Dinohyus

Prehistoric Mammals Theme Unit
Prehistoric Mammals Theme Unit


Extinct Mammals: The "Terrible Pig" Dinohyus
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A Short Reader

Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 6 to 8
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   8.59

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    best-preserved, entelodonts, warthog-like, characteristic, apex, rooting, mounted, scavenger, imagine, visible, massive, level, similar, between, during, which
     content words:    Miocene Epoch, Ice Age, North America, Agate Fossil Beds National Monument, Nebraska State Museum, Carnegie Museum, Comparative Zoology, Harvard University


Extinct Mammals: The "Terrible Pig" Dinohyus
By Joyce Furstenau
  

1     Imagine a pig the size of a buffalo. The Dinohyus, which means "terrible hog or pig," now called Daeodon, was a large mammal that lived during the Miocene Epoch from about 29 to perhaps 19 million years ago. It was part of a group of mammals called entelodonts. Entelodonts are extinct pig-like mammals.
 
2     The Dinohyus was one of the largest of the entelodonts. Fossil skulls of the Dinohyus were almost a meter long. Its jaws were filled with massive, crushing teeth that included flaring tusks. Its brain case was very small, about the size of an orange. It stood between six and seven feet at the shoulder. It was believed to have a body length of around ten feet. Its legs were long, and it had cloven hooves. The hooves had two toes touching the ground and two useless toes higher up the leg. Its most visible characteristic was the heavy, bony lumps on either side of its head that were similar to a warthog's.

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