Palaeothere

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Palaeotheriidae
Temporal range: Eocene to Oligocene
55–28 mya
Palaeotherium curtum skull
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Perissodactyla
Family: Palaeotheriidae

Palaeotheres are an extinct group of herbivorous mammals related to tapirs and rhinoceros, and probably ancestral to horses. They ranged across Europe and Asia during the Eocene and Oligocene 55–28 million years ago (mya). .

They were small to medium sized, and lived in dense forests. They ate soft leaves, shoots, berries, and leaf matter picked up from the forest floor.

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