Honanotherium schlosseri
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Name Honanotherium schlosseri
Order Artiodactyla
Family Giraffidae
Class Mammalia
Name Translation Beast from the Hunan Province
Period Miocene epoch of the Cenozoic Era
Location China
Diet Herbivorous (ate mostly grass)
Length 1-2.5 metres (3-8 feet) tall

Honanotherium schlosseri was a giraffid ancestral to the modern giraffe from the late Miocene of the Hunan Province in China. It would have resembled a modern giraffe, but, somewhat shorter. It was related to the animal Bohlinia.


The first part of the generic name, Honano' refers to the Hunan Province of China, where the first specimens were recovered. The second part, therium, comes from Greek which means "beast." The species name, "schlosseri," honors M. Schlosser, a German palaeontologist who specialized in prehistoric giraffes.


Honanotherium was a medium sized giraffe at about 1-2.5 metres (3–8 feet) tall and being a peaceful plant eater. It had a longish tail with an exterior of hair at the end and when a predator stalked it it could kick it with the hooves on its toes. A few fossils of Honanotherium have been found mostly being a skull with no lower jaw and a few fragments. It had long, tall cone-like ossicones but much more pointy than those of modern giraffes. It was a grass eater living in the grassy Miocene savannas of China.

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