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Titanoides primaevus
Titanoides
Name Titanoides primaevus
Order Cimolesta
Suborder Pantodonta
Family Titanoideidae
Class Mammalia
Period Paleocene epoch of the Cenozoic Era
Location North Dakota (North America)
Diet Herbivorous, but probably omnivorous
Length 5 feet (1.5 metres) long

Titanoides is an extinct genus of pantodont mammal. It was about 5 feet (1.5 m) long and weighed between 200 and 300 pounds.

Titanoides was one of the early Tertiary browsing mammals called pantodonts. Their limbs were short and stout, and they were bear-like in appearance. Some were the size of a rhinoceros. Even though they had huge canine teeth, they were herbivores but may have been omnivores too. Their feet possessed five clawed digits and Titanoides was the largest mammal that inhabited North Dakota 60 million years ago when western North Dakota was a subtropical swampland. The main predators at the time were crocodiles, and it is possible that Titanoides sometimes fell prey to those reptiles.

Titanoides lived 60 million years ago in the Americas and was one of the first truly large mammals. The area where Titanoides dwelt were subtropical wetlands in the forest, like modern southern Florida. These animals are related to Pantolambda and had five-fingered hands, with almost equal in size fingers with terminal phalanges a bit like bear claws. All other pantodonts find the extremities of which are known to have blunt hooves at the front and rear limbs. They may have eaten roots, leaves, bark,and also probably ate small animals and carrion. It was characterized by the presence of frightening fangs like swords, on a huge, almost half-meter skull. In general, they were mighty beasts, weighing about 200 kg and having a body length of up to 2 metres (6 feet).

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