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Deinotherium on rolling plains
Proboscideans of the genus Deinotherium traverse the rolling plains of what is today Europe. A prehistoric relative of modern elephants, Deinotherium was larger and had a shorter trunk and downward-curving tusks attached to its lower jaw. Deinotherium is the third largest land mammal known to have existed; only Paraceratherium and some mammoths were larger. Deinotherium likely behaved like modern elephants and may have lived side-by-side with the early human ancestor Australopithecus.
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