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Iranotherium Definition

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Iranotherium Temporal range: Late Miocene Scientific classification Binomial name
Iranotherium morgani
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Perissodactyla
Family: Rhinocerotidae
Genus: Iranotherium Ringström, 1924
Iranotherium morgani Mecquenem, 1908

Iranotherium ("Beast of Iran") was a large elasmothere rhinoceros, as big as a modern white rhino, found in Central Asia. It was a precursor of the related Sinotherium, and may have been ultimately outcompeted by its descendant.

Skull of Iranotherium morgani.

Males were larger than the females and had more developed muscle scars on the zygomatic arch.

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